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Homemade Chile Rellenos - Any Helpful Hints?

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OneJayneDoe Mar 23, 2007 03:16 PM

Now that I've conquered making dumplings, I've really put myself out there by deciding to make another favorite restaurant dish at home- Chile Rellenos.

I have a good recipe to go by, but I'm curious as to what if any helpful hints would you'd like to share.

I'm planning on making them for Saturday dinner. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance! I'll be sure to post the recipe and the results.

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    aurora50 Mar 23, 2007 03:25 PM

    -Be careful when you're roasting the chiles if you're going to do them on the stove, they tend to crackle and pop.
    -Also be sure to wear gloves when handling chiles.

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      shallots Mar 23, 2007 03:27 PM

      Subtly check the heat of the peppers as/after you take the skins off. Have a few spare peppers.
      In Houston, I made Rellenos for eight and one native Texan came close to having steam coming out of his ears, from the heat of one of his peppers. He finally couldn't stand it and asked how we wimpy non-Texans could eat them so fast. Then we took small bites of his.
      The peppers all looked the same, but three of 24 were hyper-hot.

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        Cheesy Oysters Mar 23, 2007 03:31 PM

        I was buying poblanos at the store and started talking with someone who shared her mom's chili relleno recipe with me. I ended up talking to her again when I was getting hominy for posole. Her mom's sauce was simple and delicious. It is a large canned of chopped tomatoes added to some chopped onions cooked until tender or sweetened as she said. Then she added some cinnamon. That was the real find to this recipe. I made the rellenos without frying them in egg batter. I just charred them and took off the outer skin after leaving them in a plastic bag. I took out the seeds and stuffed them with Monterey jack cheese. Then I placed them in a greased pan, added some sauce on the bottom, added the chili rellenos, some more sauce, and topped it with some grated cheese. I just baked them for about 20 minutes at 350. They were delicious. I'm sure they would be even better fried but I try not to perfect frying!

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          jdub1371 Mar 23, 2007 08:04 PM

          I like that idea. I wonder if the stuffed chiles could be rolled in egg and breadcrumbs and then sauteed (like a cutlet).... hmmmm... idea gears are grinding....

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          k_d Mar 23, 2007 07:34 PM

          I recommend highly Rick Bayless' recipes and methods. Unfortunately, can't post, due to copyright.... but he is the best.

          1. TongoRad Mar 23, 2007 08:01 PM

            For the batter I generally think in terms of 4-4-1, meaning 4 eggs, 4 tablespoons flour and one tablespoon water. The thing to do is to separate the eggs, and into the yolks you blend the flour and water. Whisk the whites until they are pretty stiff and then fold in the yolk mixture- in two, maybe three batches. Considering the air that has been beaten into the batter you are better off using it as quickly as possible. The benefit of the recipe is that it produces that airy, merangue-like batter which seals up the slit in the chile quite well. Just remember to dredge the stuffed chile and shake off the excess flour before dipping it in the batter, and to allow the batter to remain fairly thick on the chile before laying it in your hot oil (maybe 1/4" deep).

            That's not the only way I make them- sometimes I go really simple and use a light egg wash and fine corn meal to get a really crunchy crust. For whatever reason I like this better if the stuffing is not the usual gooey cheese (i.e. shrimp, or goat cheese, or braised meat, etc.), but the gooey cheese stuffing gets the whole batter treatment.

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              Will Owen Mar 23, 2007 09:58 PM

              I'm a cheese-and-batter guy myself. My biggest problem, unless I can get someone to help me with the cooking, is that by the time I've done maybe three batches of these guys I have giant dough-balls at the end of each finger! Ideally I'll have a helper dredge the chiles in the flour, shake them off, and drop them into the batter, and I will then remove them from there and place them into the hot fat. If I can't arrange for such assistance, I just have to scrape off the doughballs periodically...

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                sandramrma Mar 24, 2007 09:18 AM

                Loved your description of the "dough-balls"! That is exactly my situation and annoyance when making lagre batches of Chicken Kiev-and most things that have to be battered in this manner.

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                chilihead Mar 24, 2007 03:30 AM

                I agree that yolk/white separation is the key/ I was taught by an ex's step grandfather to whisk the whites til they had stiff peaks and the yolks til they were canary yellow. As I don't own a canary I pretty much just guess.

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                Sherri Mar 24, 2007 09:26 AM

                A Mexican friend showed me how her mother "cheats" with Chile Rellenos. Everything is traditional right up to the point of frying them. Yes, she separates the eggs and folds the stiffly beaten whites into the yolks & flour. When a large cast iron skillet is hot, pour in about 1/2" oil and heat until almost smoking. Spoon batter, in the long shape of a chile into the pan and place a stuffed chile on top of the batter, cover w/ more batter. Cook until bottom side is golden, turn carefully and continue cooking until second side is golden also. Enjoy!
                Will Owen, this is her answer to the stucky fingered dough balls you mentioned.

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                  mochi mochi Mar 24, 2007 10:23 AM

                  Wow, excellent tip.

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                    shallots Mar 24, 2007 01:41 PM

                    Elegant in its simplicity.
                    Thanks, Sherri.

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                      mochi mochi May 3, 2007 08:55 PM

                      I tried it and it takes some practice but definitely a great tip. Some of the batter got a little unwieldy, and funny shaped, but tasted great all the same.

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                        OldTimer May 3, 2007 09:28 PM

                        There is a trick to chiles relleno using the double-batter method. Use a pan that is just the right size, so that when tilted, the batter will settle. Then pour on the batter topping. I suggest going easy on the oil, or use butter. It is really just an omelet with a stuffed pepper filling. Many people like their chiles barely battered, so it is a matter of preference.

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