These tasty grilled poblano peppers are made beneath the heat of the broiler and are great for a quick dinner. Make sure to check them often to ensure they don’t scorch.
I had these peppers last month when I was in Nantucket and remembered how delicious they are. About one out of ten of these small green peppers from Spain are super hot, while the rest are as mild as a green bell pepper. The classic way to enjoy Padrón peppers, this appetizer is as good at room temperature as hot. You can also make this recipe with small sweet peppers, adding a sprinkle of red chile flakes.
Roasting bell peppers is so easy and are incredibly versatile. Add them to salads, pastas, morning eggs, or just about anything that you can think of.
Summer is here and I tend to want to eat a bit lighter during these warm months. Here is a good side salad. If you want to make it a main meal then add sautéed chicken, shrimp or tofu.
1 Garlic Clove
1 Diced Large Shallot
1 Seeded and Diced Jalapeno Pepper
4 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 Large Seeded and Diced Red Pepper
1 Large Peeled and Diced Cucumber
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
3 Sliced Ripe Avocados
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Pound the garlic clove to a smooth paste. Place the garlic, shallot, jalapeno, kosher salt and lime juice into a small size bowl. Let sit for 10 minutes. Add 1/2 cup olive oil and stir to combine. Place the red pepper, cucumber and chopped cilantro into a medium size bowl. Pour half of the garlic vinaigrette into the bowl of red pepper mixture. Stir to combine well. Arrange the sliced avocado on a serving platter and pour the remaining garlic vinaigrette evenly over the top of the avocado. Spoon the red pepper mixture on and around the avocado. Serve immediately. Serves 4 as a side salad or 2 as a main dish.
Tip: When seeding a jalapeno, lay the pepper on its side on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife and cut just to the right of the stem and along one side of the pepper. Remove just the flesh and not the seeds. Rotate the pepper a quarter turn and then slice again. Continue to turn and slice until you have four seedless slices. Throw away the seeds and core.
Chiles Rellenos are traditional Mexican food that is eaten all year long, but is especially popular during the Lenten season. In Mexico the classic dark green poblanos are the perfect stuffing chili. Try this non-meat dish out and enjoy a traditional Mexican experience.
8 Poblano Chiles
8 Strips Monterey Jack Cheese
Flour for Dusting Chiles
6 Eggs Separated
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon Milk
Vegetable Oil For Frying Chiles
Preheat your oven to 350º F. Roast the chiles in the oven for 10 minutes. You will want the skin to be easily removed. You can also roast over a burner if you like. Take the roasted chiles and place in a wet paper towel or kitchen towel. Leave there for a few minutes. It is easier to remove the skin this way. Remove the skins, then rinse the in cold water. Dry with a paper towel. Make a small slit at the base of the stem and carefully remove the seeds. Leave the stem intact. Insert a strip of cheese in the chiles and try not to tear the chiles. Dust the chiles in flour evenly and leave place onto a plate. In a separate bowl, slightly beat the egg yolk with the milk. Add the egg yolks to the egg whites and gently stir to combine. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy fry pan. Dip the floured chiles in the egg batter and fry until golden brown. Remove from the oil and drain lightly. Serve immediately with sauce. Serves 8
Chile Relleno Sauce
3 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
3 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour
2 Cups Water
6 Tablespoons Chili Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Cumin
1/2 Cup Tomato Paste
In a medium size saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat and add the flour. Brown the flour for 2 minutes. In a measuring cup dissolve the chili powder in the water. Add the chili powder water to the browned flour. Add the garlic salt, kosher salt, ground cumin and tomato paste. Cook to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat and pour over the chile rellenos and serve immediately.
I love this dish. You can either bake the burrata or leave it at room temperature. It is so easy to make and absolutely delicious.
4 Small to Medium Sized Red Bell Peppers
16 Ounces Burrata
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Herb Paste
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Slice off the top of each pepper and then scoop out and throw away the membrane. Cut a think sliver off the bottom of the peppers so they will sit flat. Put the peppers on a parchment paper and drizzle the peppers with the olive oil. Place the peppers in the oven for 10 minutes. While the peppers are baking put the burrata in a medium size bowl and mix with a fork. Remove the peppers from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Fill the peppers with the burrata and place back in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter. Dot the herb paste on top of the burrata and all over the serving plate. Serve warm or at room temperature. Serves 4
Stuffed Green Peppers
My mother used to make Stuffed Green Peppers for dinner once in awhile. This weekday dish was always a welcome break from the regular repertoire of meat and potatoes. Feel free to experiment with ingredients for the stuffing that appeals to you!
4 Large Green Peppers
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Chopped Onion
3 Minced Garlic Cloves
2 Cups Cooked Roast, Lamb Roast or Ground Sirloin
1/3 Cup Gravy
1 ½ Cups Cooked Rice
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
4 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley
2 Teaspoons Fresh Chopped Thyme
2 Teaspoons Fresh Chopped Rosemary
4 Tablespoons Bread Crumbs
2 Tablespoons Grated Cheese of Your Choice
Remove the tops of the peppers and remove the seeds from the inside. Parboil the peppers in boiling water for just 5 minutes. Drain and set aside. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over a medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes. Add the cooked meat, gravy, rice, salt, pepper, parsley, thyme and rosemary. Cook for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit for 2 minutes. Fill the green peppers with equal amounts of the stuffing and arrange them in a baking dish that will hold them snugly upright. Sprinkle with the bread crumbs and then the cheese on top. Bake in a preheated 375° F oven for 30 minutes. Serves 4
Chile Relleno is a Mexican dish that originated in Puebla and literally means “stuffed chile.” Chile Rellenos are usually stuffed with melted cheese like queso Chihuahua or queso Oaxaca (which are good for melting). They are also stuffed with something called picadillo meat which consists of diced pork, raisins, nuts and spiced with canella. Typically roasted poblano peppers are used, but sometimes are substituted with Anaheim, Hatch, Pasilla or Jalapeno chili peppers. After stuffing the chile pepper it is either covered in egg batter or corn masa flour and fried. Then served in a sauce.
6 Fresh Poblano Chiles
1 Pound Queso Blanco
3 Tablespoons Flour
½ Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Olive Oil For Frying
For The Sauce:
14 Ounces Diced Tomatoes With Juice
1 Cup Chicken Broth
1 Diced Onion
For roasting the chiles place them directly on the burner of a gas stove until they are mostly blackened on each side. If you have an electric stove then put the chiles under the broiler. Remove the chiles from the burner and place them in bowl covered with plastic wrap for a minute. Peel off the blackened skin with your fingers. Don’t worry if you don’t get every bit of the skin off. Slice each chile on one side from the stem to the bottom. Remove most of the seeds and membranes, but if you like the chiles spicy then leave them in. Cut the cheese into long slices that fit the chiles and stuff the cheese into each chile. Roll in the flour. Separate the eggs. In a medium bowl beat the egg whites and salt until they are stiff. In a separate bowl beat the egg yolks and then gently fold into the egg whites. Pour the olive oil into a medium sauté pan and heat on medium high. Dip each chile into the egg coating and drop into the oil and cook for 2 minutes until golden brown on each side. Turn once with a spatula. Drain on paper towels. Top with either tomato sauce or enchilada sauce. You can top with chopped cilantro, sour cream, green chiles or shredded cheese. Serves 2
For the sauce: Combine onions, chicken broth and tomatoes with the juice. Simmer while you are making the rellenos. Serve on the side or cover the rellenos before serving.
Homemade Habanero Hot Sauce
This sauce is HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!! Get yourself a doctor’s note and proceed with caution!
20 Fresh Habaneros
5 Garlic Cloves
½ Cup Champagne Vinegar
½ Cup Water
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
½ Teaspoon Chili Powder
1 Teaspoon Raw Sugar
Slice and remove the insides of the habaneros. If you want hotter sauce you can use the insides in the sauce as the seed are the hottest part of the habanero. Peel the garlic and cut into quarters. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Oil a pan and roast the habaneros and garlic for 20 minutes until golden brown on top. Make sure that you keep an eye on them as you don’t want them to burn. Roasting the habaneros and the garlic really adds to the flavor.
After removing the habaneros and garlic from the oven, put them into a food processor and add the champagne vinegar, water, sea salt, smoked paprika, chili powder, raw sugar and puree. If you find that the sauce is too thick then add more vinegar and water in equal parts. Pour into a storage container or bottle and refrigerate. This sauce should keep for quite awhile. Use it on eggs, sandwiches, tacos, burgers, pasta, rice dishes or anything that you want to add a kick to. Makes 1 ½ to 2 cups