We met up with Chef Nate Cotanch from Zia Green Chile Co. at Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He shared so much information with us! Did you guys know New Mexican cuisine is incredibly hard to find and practically unheard of on the east coast? Chef Nate says his goal is to share this unique culture and cuisine that he grew up around with NYC and eventualy the entire east coast! So ambitious and so awesome! Go Zia!
Chef Nate shares a fun fact about Zia with us:
We are proud to be working with the New Mexico Chile Association in their movement for Certified New Mexico Chile. There are many foreign companies taking advantage of their reduced regulation and cheap labor, genetically engineering the taste of New Mexico chile and passing it off as "NM Chile" when it's not. This is resulting in a decline of New Mexico's chile industry (which brings over $400M annually to New Mexico's economy), and hurting New Mexico farms. It's exciting that our chile is certified to be from New Mexico and that we are supporting New Mexico farms! We've been selling out every day so far at Smorgasburg and are receiving a lot of great feedback on the quality and taste of our products. It's also been so exciting at the level of fellow New Mexicans / Coloradans here in New York City who are beyond ecstatic to see that we're finally sharing a taste of home!
Nate was also kind enough to share his recipe for Sopapillas:
Sopapillas (makes a few dozen or so)
4 Cups of Flour
2 Teaspoons of sugar
1.5 Teaspoons of salt
1 Tablespoon of baking powder
1/4 Cup of Vegetable Shortening
1 1/4 Cups of Water
1. Add all the dry ingredients together and make sure the shortening is sifted, then add water and kneed multiple times until it turns into a dough.
2. Cover the dough and let it sit for a period of 20-30 minutes in order for it to rise
3. Cover a surface in flour, roll out the dough, and cut to your liking in size / shape. A medium thickness is preferable in order for the dough to "puff up" during frying.
4. Heat up canola / other high heat frying oil, and lightly fry on each side until golden brown.