Stuffed Ancho Chiles
Mario Bosquez, host of "Living Today" on Martha Stewart Living Radio (Sirius channel 112) shares a recipe from Ron Bechtol and Cynthia Guido for stuffed ancho chiles.
Radio, February Winter
- 6 ancho chiles (as flexible as possible)
- 1 medium white onion, in slices
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1/2 cooking oil, corn or safflower
- 1 pound piloncillo or dark brown sugar
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Wipe the dried chiles clean and carefully cut a slit lengthwise. Shake out the seeds and carefully tear out any of the obvious interior ribs. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet and fry the chilies briefly until they begin to puff and color slightly. Remove and drain on paper towels.
- In the same skillet, fry the sliced onion until it has colored. In another pot, bring to a boil the orange juice, vinegar, sugar (piloncillo is the coarse brown Mexican sugar that can often be found in truncated cone form), salt and pepper; cook briefly at a lower temperature then remove from the burner.
- Add the chiles and drained onions to this sweet-sour marinade, making sure they are all submerged, and let macerate, preferably overnight. Remove and drain the chiles, reserving the marinade.
- The drained chiles may then be filled with a variety of ingredients: freshly made guacamole; potato salad; tuna salad; etc. They may be presented atop a bed of lettuce, topped with crumbled farmer's cheese and drizzled with a little of the reserved marinade, if desired.
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