"These are a delicious side dish (but a rich one), if you don't mind a mildly chiloso (hot) pepper - less than jalapenos. The mellow cheese is the perfect accompaniment! Double or triple the recipe, as you please. These are not volcanic, but not for people who can't eat nachos with at least some jalapenos on them. Use Mexican cheeses if they are available in your area." — Holly B.
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fresh poblano chile peppers
oil for frying, or as needed
all-purpose flour for coating
This is a great recipe! Very authentic, I lived in Mexico for 8 years and this is right on the money! Here's another tip for those of you who do not like battered things. Follow the same instruction here (toasting and removing the skin( but instead of coating the chiles, cut them into strips and fry them with strips of onion. Once they are cooked, add the cheese and some cream. This makes a nice gooey mess that you can eat in tacos.
This tasted great but what a mess. I learned afterward that you can just broil the pepers in the oven in order to blacken them. Much less messy and probably better for you.
Both ways of preparing are delicious. When peppers are on sale I buy a large quantity. I wash them, dry slightly, and oil them on the outside. Place them in a cookie sheet and broil them on high. Do not walk away, open door, check and turn as needed to brown all sides. When skins are almost black remove from oven, place in plastic bag to loosen the skin, then peel the peppers. Now you can freeze them, single layer on a cookie sheet, after that place in freezer bag. Then when you feel like having one they are ready. They will keep for months in the freezer.
Just a little tip on charring peppers: Heat up the old deep fryer and deep fry peppers a few at a time, drain on paper towels, let cool and skin. Oh so easy! and so much faster than the other ways. The oil does NOT soak into the peppers.
Learned this from a pro cook in South Texas!
I blackened my peppers under the broiler instead of in a frying pan. I tried removing the stems and seeds after blackening and steaming, but the pepper tore up pretty easily, so I would do it beforehand next time. I dipped each peeled pepper in an egg wash, rolled them in Panko bread crumbs, and baked at 350 for 10 minutes rather than frying. Delicious! It didn't taste too different from restaurant chile rellenos but was much healthier without all the oil. That said, this was quite time consuming, but they were fun to make.
I'd definitely like to keep experimenting with this recipe. I read other variations that said broil the peppers for 5-10 minutes until the skin is black then remove it under running water instead of frying it twice. I decided to broil it (didn't see the point of frying it, stuffing it, then frying it again?)and place it in a tightly sealed bowl for 30 minutes to steam the skin off and this way worked really well for us. I used flour and egg for the batter to make it more substantial also. I think this frying method is perfect, but next time I will try harder to find the cheese recommended in this recipe. All I could find was queso fresco and it didn't melt well or taste very much like the restaurant versions of chile relleno that we are used too. Thanks for posting this recipe, DH and I order these every time we go out for mexican!
I also broil the peppers using a small toaster oven. Try Pepper Jack cheese, makes for a nice flavor! I also choose to bake rather than fry. Also try sauteing some onions, fresh tomatoes (chile serranos if you like HOT) with a little water and chicken caldo (broth). Pour this ontop of the poblanos while they are baking in the oven, or add the poblanos to the mixture in the pan, cover and allow the cheese to begin to melt! Add freshly chopped cilantro right before serving! YUMMY!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Miguelina's Poblanos and Cheese
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 246
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