Retro Pajama Mama Hatch Chile Rellenos

Ingredients

10 Hatch straight long green chiles

1 8oz block of Monterrey Jack cheese

1 8oz block of Mozzarella cheese

1 dozen eggs

2 cups All Purpose Flour

Canola oil

Salt

1st Step-Roasting the chiles

A cast iron griddle works the best for roasting chiles. Place griddle over two burners on stove. Turn on both burners to medium heat and let griddle heat up for 5 minutes. Place chiles on griddle and begin roasting turning occasionally to roast evenly. Once roasted, carefully place chiles in a gallon size freezer bag making sure they are laying flat. Gently remove air from bag and seal. Let completely cool. At this point I prefer to place the bag in the refrigerator over night. I feel the chiles become firmer and less likely to tear when peeling them. The following day I carefully peel them and begin preparing them to fill.

2nd Step-Preparing and Filling the chiles

Grate both blocks of cheese, blend and set aside. It makes a difference to grate your own cheese. Grated cheese in packages in the supermarket have extra preservatives making it drier and harder to melt. Place flour in bowl and set aside. Carefully separate the egg whites from the yolks. Whisk the egg yolks and set aside. Whip the egg whites until soft peaks are formed. I use my stand mixer for this. Once fully whipped, I slowly and very carefully fold in the yolks and set aside. At this point place a large non stick pan to heat with about 1/8 inch Canola oil on the stove over medium to high heat. Set aside a pan lined with a paper towel to place Rellenos in immediately after cooking. I like to fill and make each Relleno one by one. It’s tedious but the end result is worth it so here we go. First, get a peeled chile and carefully make a slit from the stem and go ¾ down. With a sharp knife remove seeds at stem leaving stem in tact. Don’t worry if a few seeds are left in. Most restaurants leave all the seeds in. Once this is done, salt the chile evenly to taste. Next, place enough cheese in chile to be able to close it. Dredge chile in flour making sure to hold chile together so that cheese does not fall out. Now comes the hard part…getting the egg on the chile. You could dip it but it’s so messy…so what I do is spoon it on top of chile, spreading evenly, slit side up and then carefully placing face down in the hot oil. Once in the pan I spoon egg on top and once again spread evenly. This is where two spatulas come into play. I use two spatulas to help mold the Rellenos. Once golden I gently flip it all the while still helping mold it. Then you gently tilt on each side to ensure Rellenos are evenly

cooked. Once beautifully golden, place Relleno on paper toweled pan and begin process all over again! If oil should get low, put more in pan allowing it to heat before placing Rellenos in. Placing them in hot oil decreases chances of greasy Rellenos. That’s it! Sit back and enjoy…they are absolutely delicious!

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