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Key West Shrimp Chili Rellanos
Posted by Peggy on February 29, 2016
Recipe: Chile Rellanos with Shrimp (an easy method)
4-5 large poblano peppers, roasted and prepared*
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 onion, diced (2 cups)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds, freshly ground (toast before grinding, if desired)
1 cup (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 pound raw (medium-sized) shrimp, peeled , deveined
8-12 ounces queso fresco, cheddar or mozzarella cheese shredded
2 tablespoons lime juice
4 tablespoons washed and chopped fresh cilantro, divided
Set oven rack 3-4 inches beneath broiler and preheat oven to broil.
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in the onion and sauté until the onion is just softened, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cumin and tomato sauce and cook 10 minutes, adding shrimp** and garlic in the last 3 minutes of cooking time (shrimp should be just beginning to turn pink; don't overcook). Remove from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons cilantro and remaining tablespoon of butter.
Cut cooked shrimp into 1/2-inch chunks and stir into sauce with lime juice and 2 tablespoons of the cilantro.
Place roasted peppers, slit side up, on a lightly oiled, foil-lined baking sheet, stuff with shrimp mixture, and sprinkle cheese over the top.
Broil 1-3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven, top with remaining cilantro and serve.
*Roasting Peppers: Place the peppers on top of an open flame (gas stoves work great for this). With tongs, turn frequently until they are charred, about 7-8 minutes. Place blackened peppers in a plastic or paper bag, and let rest until cool eough to handle, about 15 minutes. Remove skin (if some remains affixed, no worries.) cut a slit lengthwise into each pepper and remove seeds. Rinsing them out makes the task easier but some of the flavor is compromised. You may also roast peppers under a preheated broiler in your oven following the same procedure as above. **Undercook shrimp slightly as they will be broiled later in the recipe.
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