Recipe by Debbie R.
My mom started making this for us when we lived in Southern California. It remains one of my favorites. It's important to use the specified peanut oil in the sauce. The taste adds something special to it. If you do not have access to Anaheim chiles, please see http://www.foodsubs.com/Chilefre.html for possible substitions. The only one I haved tried are whole canned green chiles. If you used those, you would not have to parboil them.
Top Review by cookiedog
Wow! I'm Stuffed!!!;) These were really Fantasticos! I parboiled some of the chiles as the recipe suggested and scorched, steamed in a plastic bag, and then peeled others the way I am accustomed to making them. Parboiling is easier however, occasionally the "skin" of the chile will separate from the chile. Not really a problem. The sauce was extremely easy and was the real reason I wanted to make these! I'll never make rellenos without making this sauce! (It might even be good with a touch of cumin in it). I added a little jack cheese to the relleno because I needed to use it up! Thanks for a wonderful dinner Debbie!
- 6 anaheim chilies
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- 3 eggs, separated
- 1⁄2 cup flour
- oil (for frying)
- 2 tablespoons chopped onions
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 1 1⁄2 cups tomato sauce
- 1⁄4 teaspoon oregano
Directions See How It's Made
- Slit peppers at lower end. Remove seeds and pulpy connective tissue, but leave on stems. Parboil until tender.
- Stuff each pepper with two pieces of cream cheese 1/8-inch thick.
- Beat egg whites until they are white. Add yolks and continue beating until uniform and fluffy. Salt the egg batter.
- Heat oil for cooking. Roll pepper in flour then dip in egg batter. Fry until egg is golden. If you put more than one pepper at a time into the pan, be sure not to put in so many that the oil temperature drops too much. The rellenos shouldn't be touching each other either.
- Pour some sauce over each relleno and serve.
- SAUCE: Saute onions in 1 T. peanut oil. Add tomato sauce, a couple shakes of salt and oregano. Simmer 5 minutes. Should be hot when served over the rellenos.