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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers and Homemade Enchilada Sauce



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...These peppers are a great make-ahead family meal. They're easy to prepare and make a nice addition to your Mexican-style or Southwestern repertoire. The recipe defines simplicity. Soft (uncooked) chorizo sausage is mixed with cheese and a bit of oregano before being piped into Anaheim or banana peppers that will be topped with an enchilada sauce and a bit more cheese prior to baking. A recipe for enchilada sauce appears below. While the sauce can be homemade or store bought, I suggest you choose one that is not overly hot. The peppers have some heat and the chorizo can be quite spicy. I've found the addition of a really hot sauce can be a bit too much for the standard palate to bear. I like to serve these with a salad that's laced with lots of iceberg lettuce. I know its use is frowned on, but I've never found a replacement that adds the same crunch to salads, and the crispness is really pleasant here. If you'd like to add more color to the meal, a yellow or cilantro rice would be a great accompaniment. Gals, I've have to be honest here. This is guy food, of the grow hair on your chest variety. Teenage boys and their fathers will worship the ground you walk on when you serve these. Your daughters will think you've come unwrapped. So, be foreward. This is fraternity food. Don't forget to pass bottled hot sauce at the table. You'll probably also want to pass some sour cream to dowse the fire the sauce will cause. Here are the two recipes.

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
6 large Anaheim or banana peppers
1-1/2 pounds chorizo sausage
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1-1/4 cups grated Monterey jack cheese, divided use
3 cups cups enchilada sauce

Directions:
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2) Slice off tops and remove seeds and ribs from peppers.
3) Remove chorizo from casing and mash into a paste. Add 1 cup cheese and oregano and mix well.
4) Divide sausage mixture into 6 portions. Roll each portion into a spindle shape and shove point first into into a pepper using a small spoon to force mixture into cavity. Alternatively, mixture can be piped into peppers using a pastry bag and wide-tipped nozzle. Overfill slightly.
5) Film bottom of a baking dish with about 1 cup enchilada sauce. Arrange peppers in dish on top of sauce. Cover with remaining sauce and sprinkle with reserved 1/4 cup cheese. Bake for 45 minutes. Serve hot. Yield: 6 peppers.

Enchilada Sauce...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon flour
1/4 cup New Mexico chili powder (I use whatever I have and usually not 1/4 cup, more like half of that)
1 can chicken broth
10 ounces tomato puree
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Directions:
1) Heat oil in a 2-quart saucepan. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add chili powder and cook 30 seconds longer. Stir in chicken broth, 1/4 cup water, tomato puree, oregano and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste with salt. Yield: 3 cups.







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56 comments:

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

THese sound delicious, lovely flavors, I never really know what to do with peppers - so thanks so much for sharing this recipe
have a great day
Mary

flying eagle woman said...

So colorful and yummy to look at. This one I mayyy try next time the kids are in town:-) funny, I still like to try and impress them:-)
Have a good day!
Shawna

safire said...

This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing :) I love flavorful food!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks delicious! This is a bit different from the usual stuffed peppers, I love it! Such excellent flavors.

Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 said...

I love this. Stuffed peppers are delicious, this has a great kick to it.

Claudia said...

You have me thinking the guys in my life deserve a meal devised with them in mind. I love the idea of passing the hot sauce and letting them determine the heat.

claire said...

that enchilada sauce has my mouth watering! sounds amazing

megi said...

What a colourful dish, it looks fantastic with the homemade enchilada sauce. I am still drooling over the chicken kabobs. Thanks for sharing all these amazing recipes Mary.

cajunlicious said...

Mary these look and sound so delicious. Have a great day!

highplainsdrifters said...

I was going to stuff some bells tonight ... but this looks way cooler. Cheers!

Young Adventures... said...

As I was reading this post Mary, I kept thinking how my husband would LOVE these!! They sound quite delicious.

That Girl said...

I do love anything I can make ahead

Joanne said...

It seems that you and I are both thinking Mexican today! Well, I don't need any hair on my chest but perhaps I could use this to get the guys flocking to my apartment! Sounds delicious!

Food Glorious Food! said...

I like it hot hot hot....I am going to try this ... Thanks for sharing!

Alina---Explora Cuisine said...

I love these peppers Mary! whenever I do groceries, I always look for these Anaheim peppers instead of the big peppers, not to mention that in the fall I go crazy for the the red ones :) Great dish, and these colors make you wanna eat the screen :))

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

My son would go crazy for these. he is all about peppers! lol Have a great day Mary!

Gloria said...

This look really nice Mary, have a nice day gloria

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Very pretty! I love iceberg lettuce:@)

Hazel said...

Oooh I've never heard of banana peppers before... they seem perfect for this recipe! Love the addition of chorizo... so delicious!

Rita said...

Sounds and looks realy good; not too brave about those banana peppers.
Rita

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, my!! I'm with the boys on this one! Love peppers! Love heat! Love chorizo! Love cheese and enchilada sauce!! Sounds like heaven! Thank you, Mary! blessings ~ tanna

ps my word verification is "coment"... lol (slightly misspelled, but humorous!)!

Wendy Irene said...

What a great versatile dish! I have not done anything with stuffing pepper in so long. I think I’m going to have to play, and maybe do a bean version. We love hot/spicy dishes in our house! Thanks for inspiring me each day and making meals exciting!

Emily Malloy said...

This looks DIVINE!

bj said...

O, we do love stuffed peppers. I stuff my Anaheim peppers with a ground beef/onion mixture...but I know sausage would be good, too.'
Now, do you use the Anaheims or the Banana peppers?
I've never served mine with a sauce and now I am wondering WHY!! :))
I will make your sauce the very next time...
xo bj

Elisa said...

I love these type of peppers. You can do so much with them. I like chile rellenos especially. And you are right, they are very popular with the boys! I've never tried making homemade enchilada sauce, other than red chili sauce which is very different in flavor from this recipe.

Eva said...

Ooohh, that must be divine! I loved stuffed peppers, covering them with enchilada sauce is a fantastic idea :)

Harika's Kitchen said...

Too lovely presentation and dish is also yummy.

Silvia said...

Fantástico blog y riquísimas recetas. Gracias por tu comentario :D

Besos.

Margaret Murphy Tripp said...

I love stuffed peppers and this southwestern twist looks great! I also used canned enchilada sauce quite a bit...will try the home-made version...thanks for the recipe!

Olive said...

My husband's going to love this one for sure! Thanks for sharing! :)

Swathi said...

I have to try this as Anaheim peppers are available in local market. enchilada sauce sounds delicious.

yummychunklet said...

Looks tempting!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Ha! Fraternity food! Sign me up!

Marguerite said...

Love these stuffed Anahem peppers and the enchilada sauce sounds divine! I've got big young men, here, so this should be a hit! Thanks for the great recipes!

StephenC said...

How could you know I've been thinking about stuffed Mexican peppers for 2 weeks? I think I use poblanos. Seems to me they a larger. Or have I got it backwards?

Ginny said...

Gosh, that's a lot of chili powder in the sauce, maybe a whole bottle! I do like the sauce recipe though and I may try it. I don't think I've ever seen a banana pepper! Oh, how long will the sauce keep?

Pam said...

Delicious sounding and colorful also! Another must try! Have a good evening!

Bridgett ~ La Bella Cook said...

We are getting some peppers in the farmers market here lately and I definitely want to try this dish. Perfect timing!

SuzyEats said...

i love stuffed peppers :-) this is a great way to make them. thanks for sharing this recipe.

muppy said...

I love stuffed peppers!!!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Oh, does that ever look delicious!!!

Catherine said...

Hi Mary! How are you? The peppers sound great. Blessings, Catherine

Sylvia said...

Sounds delicious , and cheerful. Your blog is stunning

Big Dude said...

To quote Emeril - "Oh yea Babe"

Elin said...

Mary...these sound delicious and you have given just the right recipe for I have a packet of jalapeno in the fridge. This would be a great stuffing for the japapeno :)


Btw, I am here to give you this award the Versatile Blogger Award! Please stop by http://www.elinluvdelights.com/2011/05/i-won-versatile-blogger-award.html to collect it!

Have a nice day !

Cheers,
Elin

A Busy Nest said...

This looks so good! I want to try your enchilada sauce.

Parsley Sage said...

Guy food, huh?

Call me Earl.

YUM!!!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

My guys would love these, and so would I! I love the bold flavors here. :)

Marelie said...

Hi Mary,thanks for sharing this enchilada sauce.I think its really good and Im grabbing it.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

Hello Mary! It looks very delicious. I never even thought stuffed bell pepper with Enchilada Sauce! How creative!

tandysinclair.com said...

I agree, nothing compares to iceberg lettuce :)

Clint said...

Now we're talkin'! It may be guy food but Cindy is also salivatin'.

Cooking Creation said...

My husband would love this! YUM!

Looks like your recipe for lemon tea cakes was removed by blogger :( What an inconvenience this has been!

The Harried Cook said...

yummy! this sounds great! my husband loves all kinds of peppers and I think I would make him very, very happy if I made him this! Thanks for sharing :)

Elaine said...

What an interesting recipe. I have never been a fan of stuffed green peppers (my mom made them all the time when I was growing up) but, I know my family would enjoy these.

Ryan said...

this recipe looks interesting, but I was wondering if you are using banana peppers or anaheim peppers? because they are different peppers.

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