Monday, August 24, 2009

Stuffed Poblanos (or bell peppers)

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can diced tomatoes
1 jalapeno chile (ribs and seeds removed, for less heat), minced (I used green chilies because I was out of jalapeno)
2 small onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves (2 whole, 1 minced)
coarse salt and ground pepper
1 can (19 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4 large poblano chiles (or 3 med-large bell peppers), halved lengthwise (stems left intact), ribs and seeds removed

Preheat oven to 425. In a food processor, combine tomatoes, jalapeno, half the onions, and 2 whole garlic cloves; puree. Season with salt. Pour sauce into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine beans, cornmeal, 1/2 cup cheese, remaining onions, minced garlic, cumin, and 3/4 cup water; season with salt and pepper.

Dividing evenly, stuff poblano halves with bean mixture; place on top of sauce in baking dish. Sprinkle poblanos with remaining 1/2 cup cheese; cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil.

Bake until poblanos are tender, about 45 minutes. Uncover, and continue to cook until sauce is thickened slightly and cheese is browned, 10 to 15 minutes more. Let cool 10 minutes. I served this at room temp with mock spanish rice and sliced avocado. This makes awesome leftovers.

*you could also use a can of diced tomatoes mixed with jalapenos if you don't have a jalapeno sitting around.

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