Corn-Stuffed Chile Relleno Bake
A simplified way to prepare chiles rellenos. The flavor remains and the chiles are softer in texture.
Yield: Makes 4 to 6 servings.
2 Tablespoons butter, lard, or bacon fat
1 medium-size onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups fresh or frozen while-kernel corn, thawed
1 large tomato, peeled and chopped
¼ to ½ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper
Pinch of ground Mexican oregano
2- ½ cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese or mild Cheddar cheese or a mixture
12 green chiles prepared as for Chiles Rellenos de Queso (opposite)
1 cup half-and-half
1. Pre heat oven to 350F (175C). Melt butter in a large heavy skillet. Add onion and garlic, and cook until onion is soft. Add corn, tomato, salt, pepper, and oregano, and simmer, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes, to reduce the liquid. Remove from heat. Stir 2 cups of the shredded cheese into corn mixture; let cool.
2. Stuff chiles with corn mixture and place them in a large shallow baking dish. Pour half-and-half evenly over the chiles and sprinkle with the reserved ½ cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, 25 minutes or until sauce is bubbly and cheese is lightly browned. Spoon Ranchero Sauce down the center of the chiles and serve any remaining sauce on the side