These Native American-inspired dishes give you a taste of Santa Fe’s warmth.
There is never a bad time to experience Santa Fe’s warmth and culture. And although it’s best done amidst The City Different’s adobe structures and unique cuisine, these Native American-inspired recipes from the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado — a luxurious retreat dotted with casitas and suites tucked into the Sangre de Cristo foothills — minutes from Santa Fe’s historic center conjure a sense of the city’s one-of-kind enchantment from your taste buds to your heart.
Wild Sage Bread
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons crushed dried sage
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2½ cups flour
1 package dry yeast
1 cup cottage cheese
1 tablespoon melted shortening
Crushed roasted pine nuts or coarse salt, for garnish
In a bowl, combine sugar, sage, salt, baking soda, and flour. Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup warm water. In a separate bowl, beat egg and cottage cheese together until smooth. Add melted shortening and yeast.
Add flour mixture slowly to egg mixture, beating well after each addition until a stiff dough is formed.
Cover dough with cloth and put in warm place until double in bulk (about 1 hour). Punch dough down, knead for 1 minute, and place in well-greased pan. Cover and let rise for 40 minutes.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for 50 minutes. Brush top with melted shortening and sprinkle with crushed roasted pine nuts or coarse salt.
Green Chile Stew
2 pounds pork, mutton, lamb, or beef, cut into small pieces
3 ears corn (scrape kernels from cob) or about 3 cups frozen or canned corn
3 stalks celery, diced
3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
5 roasted green chiles, peeled, seeded, and diced
Brown meat in large pot. Add remaining ingredients along with water to make a stew consistency. Cover pot and simmer for approximately 1 hour.
For more information on the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado, or to make reservations, visit www.fourseasons.com/santafe.