I guess I didn't realize how much 25lbs really is. It was a WHOLE LOT of chilies, as you can tell.
I did a little research on how to roast chilies and Focus New Mexico's page had the best set of directions. I'll let you read them for yourself. However, I am going to share photos of how my chilies looked along the way and a few of the "Note to self..." moments that I had.
"Note to self number 1 ... leave the chilies whole. Don't try to clean them out." I cleaned out all but the chilies in this photo. I definitely wouldn't do that again. I thought it would save me a step at the end, but I found it was easier to "gut" the chilies after they were soft from roasting, then it was to cut them open and carve out their guts while they were still fresh.
"Note to self number 2 ... the blacker the better." Roast the whole darn pepper. The parts that didn't turn black were harder to peel.
"Note to self number 3 ... don't overestimate how long it will take to blacken the chili." I found that the chilies roasted a whole lot faster than I was expecting (I did burn a whole batch *opps*)
So all the labor paid off in the form of a DELICIOUS Chili Rellenos Casserole. It was soooooo wonderful, with the fresh roasted chilies. I usually use canned chilies, so if you're not willing to slave over a hot grill (it was 110 degrees outside while I was roasting), then canned chilies will also work.
Chile Rellenos Casserole
by The Mesquite Tree
- 15 oz can whole green chilies
- 1lb Monterrey Jack cheese
- 12 eggs
- 2 TBS flour
- 4 TBS butter
- 12-oz can evaporated milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9"x11" pan. Remove seeds from green chilies. Slice cheese into 1/4" slices. Layer chilies, then cheese in casserole dish. Sprinkle flour and butter on top, then add another layer of chilies and cheese.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and milk with wire whisk; pour over casserole.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve with salsa.
*I'll save you the pain and agony and not post the nutritional information for a serving of this casserole...you're welcome!