Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Killer Baja Chili Rellenos Mariscos

I made this for dinner last night. It was DELICIOUS!!! It's a bit time consuming but if you have your ingredients on hand, it's a snap.

Roast the poblano peppers until blackened
Saute the onions, then add the rice and spices
Saute the shrimp and scallops
Combine the seafood and the juices with the rice mixture.

Stuff the peppers, top with cheese and bake. YUM!!!

Killer Baja Chili Rellenos Mariscos (Roasted Poblano Chiles Stuffed with Seafood and Rice)


  • 6 large, fresh poblano chiles (sometimes called "pasilla" chiles)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 1 cup canned chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 pound fresh medium shrimp, shelled and deveined, tails removed
  • 1/4 pound fresh scallops (if using large sea scallops, quarter them)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated lime zest
  • 2 medium sized fresh, red, ripe tomatoes, chopped, with juices
  • 4 ounces cotija cheese (Mexican aged cow's milk cheese), crumbled (I substituted fat free cream cheese)
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, tough stems removed, leaves chopped (reserve a few whole sprigs with leaves intact for garnish)
  • Grated Monterey Jack cheese, to taste


Broil or roast the chiles over a flame until skins blister, wrap in a tea towel or put in a paper grocery bag for 10 to 15 minutes to sweat the skins loose. Remove skins and open pepper on 1 side. Remove seeds but do not remove stems. Arrange the prepared chiles in a lightly oiled 9 by 13-inch glass nonstick baking dish.

Heat oil in a 10 to 12-inch skillet until hot. Add the onion and saute until translucent (about 2 to 3 minutes). Add the rice and the cumin seeds. Toast the rice and cumin in the oil with the onions for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the chicken broth, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring the rice to a boil and cover tightly. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 18 minutes, or until rice is cooked, but still a little firm to the bite. Do not overcook the rice. When the rice is cooked, remove from the heat and let it cool slightly.

While the rice is cooking, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter starts tofoam, add the shrimp and the scallops and stir or toss to coat them with the butter. Keep the heat at medium-high and saute the seafood for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until just cooked through. Remove the skillet from the heat and add the lime juice. Toss to coat. Set aside to cool.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

After the rice has cooled a bit, put it in a large mixing bowl and fluff it with a fork. Add the shrimp and scallops, with the accumulated juices. Add the ground cumin, coriander seed, oregano, lime zest, chopped tomato with their juices, cotija cheese and chopped cilantro. Toss the mixture until thoroughly combined. Gently stuff the peppers with the rice and seafood mixture. Stuff them good and full! If there is any extra, let it spill over into the baking dish. Top the chiles with the Monterey Jack cheese. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the chiles are heated through and the cheese on top is melted. Garnish with cilantro sprigs.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Arlene's Poppy Seed Chicken

This has to be the easiest chicken dish that tastes like you slaved over the stove for hours! The teacher that I work with, Arlene, told us that her friend makes this for company all the time and is always a hit. I tried it on Sunday and there wasn't a drop left! As a matter of fact, Scott told me again on Monday how much he liked this chicken dish! It's a keeper!

Poppy Seed Chicken... aka... Arlene's Chicken

Rotissori Chicken or as I did, cook an oven stuffer roaster the day before... as much chicken as you want
1-2 bottles of BRIANNAS POPPY SEED DRESSING (salad dressing isle of the supermarket)
Grapes, seedless I used Red Globe and forgot about the seedless part so I had to seed them!


1. Cut up chicken and place in an ovenproof dish (pyrex etc)
2. Dump the dressing on top and let marinade for about an hour.
3. Cover with foil
4. Bake @ 350 for about 30 minutes or until heated throughout
5. Once out of the oven, place grapes on top and serve

It couldn't be easier. Enjoy!!