Saturday, September 24, 2011

Marx Foods Dried Peppers

  Marx Foods is the place to fill all your culinary ingredient needs. When I asked to do a review of their products they were nice enough to send over some dried chiles for us to try out. I love chiles. They are so incredibly versatile. You can use them in everything from appetizers to dessert. We were sent 6 different types of peppers. These chiles were of excellent quality. Though  dried they were not dried out. You can really tell they are fresh. The flavor and textures of the chiles is superb.

Here are the descriptions of em from Marx Foods:
Habanero Chiles
Habanero Chiles

Habanero Chiles (Capsicum Annuum) are very hot chiles. Behind the heat is a fruity flavor that makes these chiles a wonderful way to spark up a dish. Habanero chilies are round, oblong and about ¾ inch wide. Consider the habanero to be a 10 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the hottest).  The only hotter chile we offer is the famous ghost chili.
Cascabel Chilies
Cascabel Chilies

Cascabel chilies (aka rattle chilies, little bell chilies) are mild chilies that are round and have several loose seeds that rattle loudly when the chilies are shaken.
Hubby and I got in the kitchen and played with three of em over the weekend.

Mulato Peppers

Mulato Peppers
Mulato peppers are dried versions of the popular poblano pepper. However, though they come from the same pepper as ancho chilies, mulato chilies tend to be sweeter, softer, and darker in color. Mulato peppers are often used to replace ancho peppers in the trinity of chilies (with pasilla negro chilies and gaujillo chilies) used to make traditional mole. Mulato peppers possess mild heat with an earthy fruitiness.

Hubby and I had some fun in the kitchen with the next three varieties:

Aji Amarillo
Aji Amarillo

Aji Amarillo (aka yellow chile, Peruvian chile) is the chile most commonly found in Peru. Despite being called the yellow chile, they are actually orange when ready for consumption. 

The Aji Amarillo Chile was a perfect addition to Marx Foods Chile-Lime Grilled Corn Recipe
Since it is so dry in Texas right now we didn't want to risk lighting the BBQ pit.  Hubby and I switched it up a bit  and decided to boil the corn on the stove topping the finished product with the wonderful Aji Amarillo chile lime compound butter.

De Arbol chile
De Arbol chile
The long, thin De Arbol chile has become a symbol of southwestern cuisine. Similar to a cayenne pepper, these chilies are hot, but not overwhelming.

Our Meal
With this beauty we made Marx Foods Chile-Coconut Crusted Shrimp Recipe The chile called for in this one is a Thai chile. We didn't have Thai chiles so we improvised with the De Arbol Chile. I cannot express to y'all how good this recipe is. The shrimp cooked perfectly. the ultra light crust was amazing. The coconut calms the heat from the chile and turns the shrimp into a mouthwatering delight.
Result- absolute perfection

Japones Chilies
Japones Chilies
Japones chilies get their name from the Spanish word for Japanese. They are somewhat similar in appearance to dried de arbol chilies but have thicker skins and can be a little bit hotter on average. They are most commonly found in spicy Thai and Chinese dishes.

 These Chiles are the perfect compliment to my homemade Hot and Sour Soup. This recipe is super simple and really delicious.

Rachel's Hot and Sour Soup

1 Tbs sesame Oil
chopped Japones chiles (to taste)

Heat oil in pot. Add chopped chiles and saute slightly to flavor the oil.

1 can chicken broth
1 can cooked chicken
Rachel's Hot and Sour Soup
1 can mushrooms
1 can bamboo shoots
1/2 c rice vinegar
1/2 c white wine
1 TBS soy sauce

Cook for 15 minutes over low heat.

ADD (while stirring soup)
1 whisked egg

You may thicken with a mixture of corn starch and cool water if you want.

Please make sure to take special care when working with chiles. I wear gloves and am very careful not to touch my hands to my eyes etc while working with peppers to avoid certain irritation.

Hubby and I will be testing out the other three chiles soon. I will post about them when we do. I would absolutely love to try out some of Marx Foods other fantastic ingredients. I can't express to y'all enough how important the quality of your ingredients is when you cook. I try to use the best ingredients I can afford on my budget. It makes a real difference in the outcome of your recipes.

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