Sunday, October 12, 2014

Poblano Chiles stuffed with Goat Cheese and Dried Apricots, served with my homemade Pico de Gallo

No introduction needed for this adaptation of a traditional Mexican Chile Rellenos recipe.

Poblano Chiles stuffed with Goat Cheese and Dried Apricots, served with my homemade Pico de Gallo

1 Large Poblano Chiles,  roasted, peeled and stems on. Directions for roasting, to follow.
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
6 oz. Goat Cheese, crumbled
3 oz. Grated Pepper Jack Cheese
1 TBS chopped Shallots
1 TBS chopped fresh Basil
1 TBS chopped fresh Cilantro
1 TBS chopped fresh Marjoram
1/2 C diced Dried Apricots
1/4 C chopped Pecans
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Egg
2 TBS Heavy Cream
Yellow Cornmeal to dredge the Poblanos
Vegetable Oil for Frying
Pico de Gallo for a Garnish

Carefully cut open the Poblanos and remove the seeds. Remember to keep the stems intact.
Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl:
Goat Cheese
Pepper Jack Cheese
Season to taste with Salt and Pepper
Mix well with a wooden spoon.
Stuff the Chiles with the mixture.
Close them and refrigerate them for 30 minutes to 1 hour before frying.

In a large shallow bowl:
Heavy Cream
Whisk well.

In another large shallow bowl:
A Pinch of Salt
Whisk well.

In a 10" Cast Iron Skillet:
2" of Vegetable Oil.
Heat on Medium High.
When the oil is hot, dredge the Chiles in the Cream and then in the Cornmeal.
Place 2 of them at a time, in the Oil and fry until lightly browned.
Remove to a paper towel to drain and continue with the rest of the Chiles.

Serve with Pico de Gallo on the side.

Terry's Original Pico de Gallo Recipe:

Texans love homemade Pico de Gallo and today I found out why.
I went to the grocery store to get a small amount.

I didn't really need a lot for the recipe I was making.
It didn't look very good.
I bought fresh ingredients and made my own.

I didn't really have a recipe so here's what I did.

2 small Tomatoes, diced
1/2 of a medium sized Onion, diced
1/2 a bunch of Cilantro, chopped
2 medium Jalapenos, diced.
1 tsp Adobo Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.

Peace in the Kitchen!

Peace in the Kitchen!

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