Easy Cheesy Chili Rellano Casserole
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- 4 (4 ounce) cans whole green chili peppers, seeded and drained
- salt, to taste
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 4 egg whites
- Tabasco sauce, to taste
- 1⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup green onion, chopped
- 2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
- 2 cups sharpcheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 lb ground pork sausage, cooked and drained
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1 (8 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
- sour cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Lightly spray a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish with no-stick spray; set aside.
- Wearing disposable gloves, slit the chili pepers in half lengthwise. Remove and discard the seeds; rinse and drain the pepers on several paper towels. Salt the chili peppers.
- In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the milk, egg whites, Tabasco sauce, and flour until smooth. Set aside.
- In a second mixing bowl, combine 1-cup of each cheese and the green onions. (Save the remaining cheeses for the topping.).
- Assemble the casserole: Layer half each of the chili peppers, cheese mixture, and cooked sausage. Repeat. Pour egg mixture evenly over the top of casserole.
- Pour tomato sauce and diced tomatoes over the top, and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinle with the reserved cheeses and bake for 20 minutes more.
- Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a freshly tossed green salad dressed in olive oil and red vinegar.
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Delicious! The pork sausage adds a lot to the flavor. I used 1 tsp Tabasco and would probably up it a bit next time, as this was not hot at all. I forgot to get out the sour cream to top the dish, and my hubby and I both agreed that the sour cream isn't really needed with all of the cheese in the dish. The directions did not specify whether to bake covered or uncovered, so I did covered, but it was really watery, so I'm guessing it should be uncovered. This casserole was a lot more labor-intensive than the listed prep time led me to believe, it was in the oven an hour after starting prep. Thanks for posting!
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