Chile - Espelette
Lamb axoa is a recipe typical of the Basque region, prepared in the same fashion as a stew. In France, lamb tongue and hooves are used to further flavor the dish, but I have omitted them here. Serve with a crusty French bread and red wine. Again, substitute hot paprika or New Mexican red chile powder for the Espelette. If you wish to make this more of a stew, add two potatoes, finely chopped, and double the bouillon.
Piperade is a colorful pepper sauce that is only spicy when made in the Basque region. This simple but delicious dish is often served at the Celebration of the Peppers. Serve it boiled potatoes and green beans.
The most famous chile in France is piment d’ Espelette, or the Espelette
pepper, and it has become a cultural and culinary icon in the French
part of Basque country. At first the Espelette farmers formed
cooperative enterprises to protect their interests, and eventually they
applied to the National Institute for Trade Name Origins for an
Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC). On December 1, 1999, an AOC was
granted to Espelette peppers and products, giving it the same protection
as more famous names, such as Champagne sparkling wine. Only ten
villages are allowed to use the name “Espelette”: Espelette, Ainhoa,
Cambo les Bains, Halsou, Itsassou, Jatsou, Laressore, St. Pee sur
Nivelle, Souraide, and Ustarritz. The total growing area is about 3,000
acres. Piperade is a colorful pepper sauce that is only spicy when made
in the Basque region. This simple but delicious sauce is often served at
the Celebration of the Peppers in the village of Espelette. Serve it
over boiled potatoes and green beans.