Thursday, January 15, 2009

Poblanos Rellenos

A few nights ago we made Poblanos Rellenos from Vegetarian Planet, and i gotta say...they were not that good. the recipe includes:

15 sundried tomatos slices
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
20 pecans or walnuts, chopped
4 garlic cloves
kernels from 3 ears of corn
1/2 teaspoons salt
black pepper
6 oz mild chevre
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 grated cheddar cheese
4 green bell peppers

the most interesting part was probably working with the tomatos. the recipes says to boil 2 cups of water and pour it over the tomatos, letting them soak for ten minutes and then draining them and chopping them fine.

the water made an interesting broth around them, that eventually turned into a deep reddish black color that resembles black tea..but we didn't taste it to check.

simon cut them and said it was really hard to do so because they were mushy. they didn't really "chop" as much as tear apart and make a mess.

toasting the walnuts was fine

adding in the corn, tomatos, and garlic was fine

even folding in the cheeses and crumbling the chevre was fine.

stuffing the peppers was a little disheartening, there wasnt' enough stuffing to fill each pepper to the top, but close enough i guess.

the peppers are supposed to bake in a casserole dish, filled with 1/4 cup water, covered in tin foil, for 30-45 minutes at 350 degrees. our oven was completely preheated, we started it before we even began to chop anything in the beginning, and the peppers had to stay in there for at least 10-15 minutes longer than the recipe called for and i'm still not sure they were done all the way. however, the biggest problem was that they had no flavor. they were bland, greasy and fatty. now i don't mind pools of oil on the top of a meal, as long as that oil makes it taste good, but this didn't do that. and to top it all off, the ingredients cost 30 dollars. 30 dollars! on the positive side, they were super filling, one pepper was enough to fill up a person, but i just don't think it will be something i make again

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