Santa Fe Holiday Food Fun!

You’re invited to dinner in Santa Fe! In fact, we’re suspecting that you probably have a favorite Santa Fe Restaurant in mind, and we’d like to know what it is. Perhaps YOU will be the winner of our Facebook holiday contest!

Vegan Polenta from Galisteo Bistro

TripAdvisor recently named Santa Fe as one of its Top Ten US Food Destinations…..of course, we agree! And if you agree, we invite you to tell us so and possibly win a gift certificate to your favorite Santa Fe restaurant! Simply tell us in 30 words or less about a restaurant in the City Different that you especially enjoy, and if you post a photo of your meal, so much the better, since a picture piques the palate!

Our winner will be the person whose entry receives the most “likes” on Facebook, so be sure to make your entry descriptively delicious! The winner will receive a $200 gift certificate to their favorite Santa Fe restaurant. And be sure to vote as well, because we’re sweetening the pot by awarding a $100 gift certificate to one lucky voter, to be chosen at random by our contest administrator.

Breakfast Burrito at Tia Sophia

Please take time to read the contest rules on our Facebook page in order to avoid disqualification of your entry. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON, please, but you can vote as many times as you like. The winner will be determined by the total number of “likes” that the winning entry receives on our Facebook page. Beginning on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2011, you can find the contest on the left-hand column of our Facebook page. Just click on the icon called “Promos” to enter. Please remember, a tasty 30 words or less! And while restaurant professionals are most definitely welcome to enter, we respectfully request that you refrain from entering your own Santa Fe restaurant.

Sorry, but those who have won a gift certificate of any kind from the Inn in the last twelve months are not eligible to win, although we welcome their votes.

We thank you for entering and posting your entry on our Facebook page, beginning on Thanksgiving morning when our contest goes live! This culinary quest runs through the food-filled holiday season, from Thanksgiving Day, 11/24/11 through New Year’s Day, 1/1/12, but don’t delay…the sooner you post your tempting tidbit, the more time you’ll have for people to like it! Good luck, good eating and good holiday cheer!

A Collard Greens Burrito at Body Cafe

Tasty Santa Fe Recipes from the Inn on the Alameda

When you think of travel, one of the things that pops into your mind is what you had to eat that you wish you could have again. Food is definitely one of the elements that makes a journey memorable, and sometimes just the hint of a special aroma brings you back to that place and time. The scent of good green chile works that way, and regular recipe requests for the green chile croissants served at the Inn’s complimentary breakfast are the proof, so we are happy to help you bring this yummy memory into your own casa!





Yummy green chile croissant

The good news is that green chile can travel back home with you easily in its frozen form. All our local markets sell it, and there are a variety of brands from which to choose, although you should believe the packaging when it is labeled “HOT.” Simply slide your frozen tub of green goodness into a ziploc bag, slip it into your carry-on bag, and voila, it will be defrosted and ready to use when you arrive back home. Do make sure your chile is frozen, since once it liquifies, it will be confiscated by the TSA at check-in. As in all recipes, the better your ingredients, the better the results. If you are a real baker, you can make your own croissant dough, but since good green chile is the dominant flavor, packaged dough is a lot easier if  you are not an aspiring French boulanger! So, without further ado, here’s how to make the green chile croissant appear on your own breakfast table!

For Green Chile Croissants, you will need the following ingredients for each croissant:

Frozen croissant dough
3 oz. of thinly-sliced lean deli ham per croissant (vegetarians can leave this out and replace with extra cheese and vegans can get creative with roasted veggies – locals use zucchini with green chile to make calabacitas)
2 oz. of good-quality thinly-sliced swiss cheese per croissant
A container of chopped green chile, defrosted and well-drained (and we do mean well-drained, or your croissants will be gooey)
2 eggs, beaten with a few oz. of milk

Follow the package directions for thawing croissant dough (keep it covered with a damp towel as you use it and bring it to approximately 90 degrees). Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare an egg wash made of 3 eggs and a touch of milk. Blend these ingredients well and have a pastry brush ready.
The croissant dough is packaged in pre-cut triangles: On the wide end of the triangle, place several thin slices each of swiss cheese and ham, and sprinkle with the well-drained, chopped green chile. Roll the dough towards the small end of the croissant. It doesn’t matter if some ham and swiss are exposed, and exact amounts will vary depending on the size of your croissant dough.
Brush the egg wash very lightly over the exposed areas of each croissant.
Place a small thin piece of swiss on top of each rolled croissant. If you like extra heat, you can sprinkle the cheese with a light dusting of red chile flakes.
Place the croissants on a cookie sheet pan and place in the pre-heated oven to bake for approximately 20-22 minutes or until the dough is golden-brown.

You can use your left-over green chile in any number of other incarnations, some of which are included in the great cookbook from the Santa Fe School of Cooking. And of course, if you travel for autumn in Santa Fe, you can buy your chile fresh, pack it in a two-day priority box and roast it on your own when you get home.

Art Charlie, Santa Fe’s friendliest barman

The second recipe request we always receive at the Inn is for the delicious Sangria served at our afternoon wine reception. While you can’t bring Charlie home to serve it to you, you can make this refreshing beverage to serve at your next patio party, preferably with a green chile appetizer! This liquid pleasure is so easy to put together, and you needn’t use a treasured bottle from your cellar to please your palate.

For the Inn’s Sangria Suprema:

In a 64 oz. pitcher: pour 1/3 to 1/2 bottle of any big, fruity wine (Syrah is good, and if there’s a Trader Joe’s handy, the three-buck Chuck reds will do fine). Add 3 tsps. superfine sugar, 1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed orange juice (emphasis on fresh), and 1 1/2 shots of blackberry brandy. Fill the remainder of the pitcher with a decent lemon-lime soda. For a pretty presentation, you can float fresh fruit or fruit slices on top, and serve over cubed ice in a quality wine glass.

It’s that simple! Now you’re qualified to bring the red (sangria) and the green (chile) into your own home, to enjoy the memories and the taste of Santa Fe all over again!