Stuffed Cha-Cha Crab Chilies

Total Time
50mins
Prep 30 mins
Cook 20 mins

This took 2nd place in the Gilroy Garlic Festival Cook-Off. I used to live so close to Gilroy that I could smell the garlic in the air. I still love garlic, and the sauce for these chiles has a nice garlic flavor. I also served it with mango salsa which complimented the crab perfectly. Congratulations Margee Berry!.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler.
  2. For the sauce: Place tomatillos, onions, and garlic in a large heavy skillet. Heat over medium-high heat, turning often, until charred all over but still firm, about 5- 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a food processor and add cumin, cayenne, hot sauce, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Process to a coarse puree. Return mixture to skillet and keep warm while preparing the stuffed chilies.
  3. For the chilies: Place poblanos on a baking sheet and broil, turning a few times until all sides are charred. Place in a paper bag and seal. Let steam about 10 minutes to loosen the skin.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the goat cheese, Monterey Jack and crabmeat. Set aside.
  5. Peel poblanos, then cut a slit lengthwise down 1 side only, and carefully remove seeds. Stuff each with cheese mixture and place them cut side up on a baking sheet, gently pressing to seal. Broil until cheese is melted and poblanos are heated through, about 6 to 8 minutes. Transfer to serving plates and spoon sauce around the stuffed chilies.