Thursday, June 6, 2013

Chiles Rellenos

I love chiles rellenos, (stuffed peppers). I usually just stuff green bell peppers with ground beef mixture and cheese, but last night I tried a new recipe with green chili pulled pork. The pork was super tender and flavorful. Despite using store bought salsa verde, because I could not find tomatillos in my store to make homemade salsa verde, it was still delicious. Don't sorry the salsa does not make it too spicy. It has a nice little kick but it's not too bad. Unfortunately for us the peppers I bought were very spicy so the kids were not able to eat it with us, but they had plenty of the meat mixture with tortillas and said they loved it! Plus one for mommy!:)

 Roasted Poblanos Stuffed w/ Pulled Pork Chili Verde photo

Chiles Rellenos
Serves 6

1 tsp canola oil
3 lbs Pork shoulder or butt (cut into 2 inch chunks)
1 medium onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 16 oz jar of tomatillo salsa
3 tbs of canned chipotle peppers chopped
1 tbs ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
3 cups low sodium chicken broth
2 cups cooked pinto beans
Juice of one lime
Salt & Pepper to taste

Stuffed Poblanos
6 poblano peppers
3 cups pork (or any) chili
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3 Tbl chopped chilantro
2 Tbl chopped red onion

Preheat oven to 300 degrees (F).

Heat oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed oven proof pot over high heat. Season pork with salt and pepper and add to the pot turning until browned on all sides. You may have to do this in batches.

Remove all the meat from the pan, pour off fat and discard. Return pot to the burner (turn the heat down to medium) and add onions and garlic, cooking for several minutes until softened. Add the chipotles, salsa verde, cumin, and coriander to the pot, stirring until combined. Add the pork, any juices, and the chicken broth to the pot and bring to a boil.

Cover the pot and transfer to the oven to cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours until the pork is tender enough to easily pull apart.

Remove pot from the oven, skim off any fat on the surface and pull pork out of pot and onto a baking sheet. Using forks, shred the pork and set aside. Strain any nasty bits from the sauce and return the pot to stove (uncovered) over medium high heat.

Add the beans and cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens. Add the shredded pork and lime juice. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

Wash the poblanos and place on a baking sheet. Broil in the oven, turning until all sides are blackened. Remove from the oven and let cool. (Set the oven to 350° F) Gently remove the stem, seeds, and as much of the skin as you can from the peppers. Cut or tear down the center so the pepper will lay flat.

Place about 1/2 cup of chili in the center and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Fold the pepper around the filling and use a skewer or several toothpicks pierced through the top to keep them closed. Place on a baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the peppers.

Sprinkle some more cheese over the peppers and bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until all of the cheese has melted and they are heated through.

Remove and garnish with chopped onions, cilantro. Serve with your choice of sour cream, guacamole or avocado slices, and more salsa verde.

Recipe from tastebook

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