Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chiles Rellenos con Salsa

This is a classic Mexican dish made of chile's stuffed with cheese, coated in a thick batter and deep fried. I have taken this dish and been able to lighten the carbohydrate load and lessen the fats a touch without losing any of the authentic and delicious flavors. I've also added my own twist to it by putting salsa ingredients inside the pepper along with the cheese. This is a great side dish for a simple Tex-Mex chicken or steak, a great light lunch or a wonderful and hearty snack. I hope you enjoy.

Chiles Rellenos con Salsa


4 small poblano peppers, about 3 ounces each, roasted
4 ounces jack cheese or pepper jack cheese, cut into four 1 ounce portions
1/4 cup tomato, fine diced
1/4 cup onion, fine diced
1 clove garlic, fine mince
1 tsp. ancho chili powder (or whatever you have on hand)
2 eggs, separated
4 Tbsp. flax meal
2 Tbsp. water
canola oil for frying

Begin by roasting the poblano peppers over an open flame or under the broiler until they are blackened on all sides. Place the peppers in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit and steam for about 10 minutes or until they are cool enough to handle. Carefully peel away the blackened outside skin on each pepper. Make a small incision, about 1 1/2" long, from top to bottom and carefully remove the seeds and membrane but leaving the top stem intact.

Place a one ounce portion of jack cheese into each pepper. Blend the tomato, onion, garlic and chili powder in a small bowl. Place about one tablespoon of the mixture into the peppers with the cheese. Secure the peppers closed with toothpicks and set aside.

Separate the eggs; yolks in a small bowl and whites into a larger, immaculately clean, bowl. Beat the yolks with the water and flax meal. Set aside. Beat the egg whites with an electric mixer or if you prefer, by hand, until they are stiff. Fold about one third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture. This will lighten the mixture and make it easier for the rest of the whites to be folded in without them deflating. Making two additions, fold the rest of the egg whites in. Don't worry if the mixture has small white streaks in it.

Fill a large dutch oven or other heavy bottom pot about one third of the way with canola oil and bring to about 365'. You can test if the oil is hot enough by carefully sticking the handle of a wooden spoon into it and if small bubbles immediately appear around it the oil is hot enough. Dip each stuffed chile into the egg mixture and coat well on all sides. Working with one at a time carefully lower into the hot oil and cook until golden brown on all sides, turning with a slotted spoon or spider while frying. Do not overcrowd the pot or the temperature of the oil will drop. Remove and place on a rack or paper towel to absorb any excess oil. If the oil is at the proper temperature it will not be absorbed. Serve immediately while hot.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200.3
Total Fat 13.6 g
Saturated Fat 6.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 4.0 g
Cholesterol 131.5 mg
Sodium 191.6 mg
Potassium 137.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 8.7 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 0.2 g
Protein 12.0 g

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