Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels: September Mystery Dish

Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels are a wonderful bread side dish with a little kick and hidden pops of flavor from Feta Cheese!

It's time for some more Mystery Dish!  Zainab from Blahnik Baker was our host this month and she asked us to select at least three ingredients from the following list to use in our recipe.

Sesame seeds
Green chiles
Green tea or matcha powder
Feta cheese
Pinto beans
White wine
Prickly pear cactus

I have to say, first of all, that I'm pretty proud of myself for making a non-dessert dish for the first time in over a year that we've been doing this.  Kudos to me!  :)

My true Southwestern side is being revealed today.  I LOVE green chiles, so I was ecstatic when I saw them on the list.  It's green chile season, and tradition for many of the people here to stock up on fresh chiles by the box and have them roasted or roast them themselves.  I've tried both and will never do it myself again.   
Hatch Green Chiles are actually grown here in my home state.  I have to tell you, having eaten lots of fresh green chiles, I have no desire to ever partake of canned again.  The fresh ones are packed with flavor and some heat, that you just don't get from the canned variety.  They're 100 times better!

We take our green chiles very seriously here.  The boxes have a heat scale on them that goes anywhere from mild to extra, extra hot!  I enjoy spice, but highly doubt I'd ever sentence myself to the doom of extra extra hot green chiles, if you know what I mean.

Roasting the green chiles further brings out the flavor and makes it easy to remove the skins and freeze them.  Although when I say easy I don't necessarily mean quick.  I bought one huge box of them and it took me hours to peel them.  Note to self: wear kitchen gloves next time...burning hands!  It was completely worth it, though, because we'll be adding green chiles to basically everything we eat for the next year.

I had to laugh when we first moved here and was broken into the site of green chiles on pretty much whatever you can think of.  We're talking hamburgers, pizza, pie, fudge, breakfast burritos, and the list goes on and on. I'm used to it now.  In fact, I've jumped wholeheartedly on the green chile the bandwagon, and I'm not ashamed to say so.  :)
I made these rolls because I love green chile bagels and wanted something similar.  Think cinnamon roll, but without the sweet and with a kick! These rolls are to die for!  Soft and cheesy and just plain terrific!

They're a refreshing change-up to the traditional dessert roll, and that says a lot coming from the queen of sugar herself.  :)


2 T. active-dry yeast
2 c. warm water
1/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. butter-softened but not melted, or shortening 
1 egg
2 teaspoons salt
2/3 c. nonfat dry milk (instant)
5-5 1/2 cups bread flour, for best results (I use 5.  It's not necessary to add the entire amount of flour.  Judge by the stickiness of the dough, not by the amount you've added)

Green Chiles
Feta Cheese
Sesame Seeds

In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine water and milk powder and stir until milk dissolves.  Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, egg and 2 c. flour.  Mix on low until ingredients are wet, then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes.  Add 2 more cups of flour and mix on low until ingredients are wet and then on medium for 2 minutes.  Add 1/2 c. flour at a time until dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl and feels soft and slightly sticky.  Let dough rise, covered, until doubled (about 45 minutes).

Roll out into a rectangle (or as close to a rectangle as possible) on a floured surface.  Spread a little olive oil on top and sprinkle with feta cheese and chopped green chiles (as much as desired).  Make sure that you green chiles are as dry as possible or your rolls will be soggy.  Pat them with a paper towel if necessary to remove excess moisture. 
Roll up and pinch seams to seal.  Use a little water if needed.
Cut and place on a greased cookie sheet.  I cut mine with a piece of unflavored dental floss.  Just put the floss under the roll where you want to cut, cross the floss ends above it, and pull down as if you're tying a knot.

I like to place mine really close together so they raise up and not out.  Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Let rise for another hour or so and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 minutes, or until done.  Check at 15 minutes.  They will start to get golden brown, but don't let them darken too much.  Remove to a cooling rack.  
Enjoy!  These things are SO good!


Check out what the rest of the Mystery Dish bunch made this month!  Looks fantastic, right?
  1. Green Chile Chicken Soup - Chez CateyLou
  2. Crockpot Chicken Chilli Stew - Yummy Healthy Easy
  3. Spiced Apple Crisp - I Want Crazy
  4. Kale Salad with Sesame-Lime Dressing - The Pajama Chef
  5. Spiced Mini Skillet Apple Crisp - Culinary Couture
  6. Pan Seared Pork Chops with Spicy Apple Chutney - Flavor the Moments
  7. Matcha Swirl Cheesecake - Baking a Moment
  8. Green Chile Cheese Pinwheels - I Dig Pinterest.
  9. Baked Apple Donuts with Cardamom Cream Cheese Glaze – Joyful Healthy Easy
  10. Vegan Gluten-Free Ginger Walnut Apple Pie Bars – The Sweet-Tooth Life
  11. Apple Feta Salad with Toasted Sesame Seeds – The Well Floured Kitchen
  12. Apple Cardamon Crisp – Blahnik Baker

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  1. oh my goodness, yumm! I hope you will share at the hop this week. xo

  2. i love little pinwheels. great flavors! :)

  3. I love these pinwheels! They are so cute and look absolutely delicious! I haven't really cooked with green chiles before, but I love them! I need to roast my own next time - I cheated and used a can for my soup :)

  4. These pinwheels look awesome...what a great idea! The addition of green chiles is perfect. I love that addition...thanks for sharing!

  5. These look amazing! I love adding green chilies to my cooking (especially my cornbred). I'd never heard of hatch chilies in particular before this year and now i see them everywhere!!

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