I’ve been out of town this week, so I haven’t been in a kitchen at all. Still, I have to eat, so I’ve been enjoying the local and semi-local hot spots. In Texas, that means eating a lot of delicious Mexican food, and thanks to an especially delicious chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers) last night, it got me thinking about poblanos.
I’ve talked about poblano peppers before, but only in the context of making your salsa something special. Check that post for the directions on how to roast a poblano.
Poblanos are a pretty mild type of pepper (though the red ripe poblano is hotter than the green one, and for the record, I’ve only ever cooked with the green ones), which is cool because you get that pepper-y flavor without worrying about putting out your mouth-fire with gallons upon gallons of water. I like spiciness, but I am new to the heat-game, and for those people just putting their toes in spicy food (so to speak), a poblano is a good place to start.
But the best thing by far about poblanos is that their heat can be pretty inconsistently spread. This means that one bite can be mild like a spring morning in Kentucky and the next bite has you stranded in Death Valley. This means that eating poblanos is a bit like gambling, but unlike gambling, the pay-offs are always delicious.
The thing is, I’ve always used poblanos as an accent pepper: I throw it into salsas and chilis and that sort of thing. I never let the pepper just be. So that’s my goal, gentle readers. I have been inspired on this trip to stuff those poblanos with so much stuff, they won’t know what hit them. I’m thinking of mimicking the dish I had and use corn, cilantro, garlic”¦ you know, the good stuff, but I am open to hear suggestions.
The final recipe will be posted next week (sorry for the cop out, but I am on the road and just excited that my hotel room has a fridge), so if you want to directly influence what will be posted about next week, now is the time to comment. I’ll try anything (except I am 100% going to veg-ize any suggestions and I don’t think I can get fake deer anywhere in my town, so I guess there are some limits).
Hit me with your best shot.