Ask anyone that knows me....Mexican food is my absolute weakness! Anytime we go out to dinner, I'm secretly hoping the place we're going is so packed we have to opt for another restaraunt. And that other restaraunt is always a Mexican place! Love it!
One of my absolute favorite things (thanks to Ski) is the Chile Relleno. You know, the peppers that are stuffed with cheese and deep fat fried, only to be smoothered with greasy sauce and more cheese?
Yeah, I decided the other day that I was going to remake these delicious morsels..."Weight Watcherize" them, if you will!
So here it is.....
Baked Chile Rellenos
4 large poblano peppers
for the filling:
8 oz canned green chiles
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 large vidalia onion, chopped
1/2 cup reduced fat, Mexican blend shredded cheese
salt/pepper to taste
1/4 cup fat free egg substitute
1/4 cup dried plain breadcrumbs
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 cup salsa
fresh cilantro, to taste, finely chopped
char the peppers so the skin blisters...I do this on the stove top, but you can put the peppers under the broiler. Once the skin is charred, set peppers in bowl covered with plastic wrap. Let sit for five minutes, or until skin is easily loosened from the pepper. Cut slit in pepper on one side and clean out seeds and ribs.
Preheat Oven to 350 F
Mix together green chiles, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and salt and pepper. Stuff each pepper with 1/4 of the mixture.
Very carefully, dip each pepper in egg substitute, and roll in breadcrumbs mixed with oregano and chili powder.
Lay in baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake for 1/2 hr or until breading is golden brown (I usually check them after ten minutes, and then go from there!)
Top with salsa and cilantro.
Serves 4, 3 pts per seving
They're not exactly like the ones you get at a restaraunt, but it's a good substitute, considering the fried version is six times the points. And you don't have to feel guilty about the lightly breaded, baked kind.
I'm going to make some tonight to go along with some other texmex entree....I think I'm more excited about the chile rellenos!