Friday, August 7, 2009

Filfil Mahshi Bil Kuzbara (Saudi Chiles Rellenos)

Filfil Mahshi Bil Kuzbara (Saudi Chiles Rellenos)

8 small poblano or Anaheim chilis
1/2 cup white cheese (feta or similar)
1/2 cup monterey jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup minced cilantro
Tomato Sauce:
1/2 onion, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1 can (16oz) tomatoes, with juice
2 tbsp minced cilantro

1. Roast the chilis under the broiler (be careful if using Anaheims, they're
much more delicate guys!) Peel the chilis as you run them under cold water.
Make a slit in each and remove the seeds, leaving the stem connected.
2. Combine the cheeses and the 1/2 cup cilantro, and fill each chili with
this mixture. Place in baking dish.
3. Sautee the onion in the olive oil until soft and transparent.
4. Whirl the tomatoes and their juice in a blender or food processor until
nearly smooth. Pour over the onions and stir to blend. Add salt, taste,
and adjust seasoning.
5. Pour the sauce over the peppers and sprinkle the 2 tbsp cilantro over
the dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.


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