We love peppers at our house. We eat just about every variety of pepper grown from jalapenos to Hatch Green Chile, to lots of fresh gound black peppercorns. Poblanos are no exception and when they are stuffed, they are one of our favorites. This is an easy recipe that will impress and satisfy even your toughest critic. And the Tomatillo Salsa is so good, I'll never buy another jar at the store! —vivisue
large Chicken Breast, grilled
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
small Onion, chopped
Garlic Cloves, minced
Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt or Cream Cheese
grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
prepared Brown or Wild Rice
Fresh Tomatillo Salsa
Tomatillos, papery leaves removed, washed and dried
In a small skillet, add olive oil and heat on medium high. Add onions and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno and stir for another minute or two. Remove from heat.
In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients, including your sauteed vegetables and stir until everything is incorporated. Set aside.
To prepare the poblanos, wash the exterior well and then pat dry. You have a choice, here, on what you do next.
1. Cut the stems out of the top of the pepper by cutting in a circle down into the pepper. Trim the seeds off. Do not discard tops. Make a split lengthwise in the peppers and take out remaining seeds and pith. Stuff with the chicken mixture. Put tops back into the pepper. Place in oven at 400 degrees covered for 30 minutes. Then uncover and add a little more cheese on top of the pepper and cook for another 20-30 minutes, or until cheese and pepper start to brown.
2. Grill or broil the peppers, turning regularly, until they turn dark brown and blacken slightly on the outside. Remove from heat. Now your peppers should be soft enough to only split down the middle and pliable enough that you can open them up without having to remove the stem. Remove the seeds and pith from inside and stuff with chicken mixture. Place in casserole dish and top with more cheese into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or so until the cheese is bubbly and browned.
Fresh Tomatillo Salsa
Cut tomatillos, onion, and jalapeno into relatively equal pieces. Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until all ingredients have been processed thoroughly.
When you are ready to serve your peppers, top with a big spoonful of the Tomatillo Salsa. This salsa is great just by itself with chips, too!
Serve your peppers with some grilled Summer Squash halves or grilled tomatoes.