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April 23, 2007


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I've had brunch on the brain lately, and this sounds like an awesome brunch dish. Thanks for the alternative perspective on one of my favorite foods ever!


Ya-HA! Genius!
For as long as the rivers have flowed and the birds have sung, I have been unable to produce a single, edible, relleno. Don't know why...they just hate me, or something. You have granted me hope anew!

Steve Sando

Sean, you're right re: brunch. Unlike the battered and fried chiles, these can wait. I bet you could even make them the night before and heat them right before serving.

Tom, I seem to do ok but about halfway through my batter starts to fall apart and it turns to liquid. Give this technique a shot, especially if you love poblano chiles. I can't believe I'd prefer something fresh to something fried but in this case, I'll take either. The Chile Relleno recipe in Diana Kennedy's Cuisines of Mexico has an oddly simple tomato/chile sauce the chiles rest upon and I think it would be even better with chiles like this. I'll dig it up and post it soon.

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