Recipe by Podkayne
Poblano peppers stuffed with black beans, cheese and cornmeal, from Martha Stewart Everyday Food, April 2008. I've mostly just stolen this recipe from marthastewart.com, but added a few tips. If the poblanos are a little flattish, be sure to slice the peppers so that they they form a deep "pocket" to stuff. Be sure to use a reasonably good cheese. If you can't find good quality pepper jack, use plain Monterey Jack or cojack cheese and be sure to include the minced pepper. Cook time includes cooling time.
Top Review by sienna72
Wow! This recipe was fantastic. I always modify recipes based on what I have on hand, but one big thing is I made a quinoa/black bean mixture instead of using cornmeal. I used 2 jalapenos instead of one also. For the sauce I used organic tomato paste and added water, minced onions, jalapenos, garlic, and garlic salt. I also tried stuffing bell peppers with this, and it was equally as good!
- 1 (28 ounce) canwhole tomatoes in puree
- 1 jalapeno chile, minced (ribs and seeds removed, for less heat) (optional)
- 2 small onions, chopped
- 3 garlic cloves (2 whole, 1 minced)
- salt and pepper
- 1 (19 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1⁄2 cup yellow cornmeal
- 1 cup shredded monterey jack pepper cheese
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 4 large poblano chiles, halved lengthwise, seeded
- crushed tortilla chips (optional)
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 425. In a blender, combine tomatoes in puree, jalapeno, half the onions, and 2 whole garlic cloves; puree. Season with salt. Pour sauce into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine beans, cornmeal, 1/2 cup cheese, remaining onions, minced garlic, cumin, and 3/4 cup water; season with salt and pepper.
- Dividing evenly, stuff poblano halves with bean mixture; place on top of sauce in baking dish. Sprinkle poblanos with remaining 1/2 cup cheese; cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil.
- Bake until poblanos are tender, about 45 minutes. Uncover, and continue to cook until sauce is thickened slightly and cheese is browned, 10 to 15 minutes more. Let cool 10 minutes.
- Plate the stuffed poblanos, sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips and top with sauce.