Chiles in Sauce: Chiles en Nogada
- 2 poblano chiles
- Sauce (Nogada):
- 1/2 cup walnut halves
- 3 teaspoons fresh peeled almonds
- 3 teaspoons fresh Mexican cheese
- 1 tablespoon milk, plus 1 teaspoon
- 1 teaspoon dry sherry
- Sugar, to season
- 2 teaspoons lard
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup coarsely ground pork loin
- 1/4 cup coarsely ground beef
- 3 teaspoons peeled and chopped biznaga (crystallized jimaca)
- 1 whole clove
- Pinch cinnamon
- Pinch salt and black pepper
- Pinch sugar
- 1 tablespoon peeled and chopped apple, plus 1 teaspoon
- 3 teaspoons peeled and chopped pear
- 3 teaspoons peeled and chopped peach
- 3 teaspoons chopped banana
- 3 teaspoons dried peach
- 3 teaspoons chopped raisins
- 3 teaspoons dry sherry
- 2 1/2 teaspoons capers
- 2 1/2 teaspoons green olives
- 2 1/2 teaspoons chopped almonds
- 2 eggs, separated
- 2 1/2 tablespoons flour
- 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 sprigs fresh parsley
Roast poblano chiles over open flame. Cool in a paper bag, remove skin and seeds.
In a saute pan, add the lard, onion, and garlic, then add meats and saute. Season with a little salt and pepper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the biznaga with the clove, cinnamon, black pepper, and pour into the mix seasoning with sugar and salt.
Blend all fruits, olives, capers, almonds, and dry sherry. When the mix is cool, stuff the chiles with it. In a mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites until foamy, then add blended yolks.
Put the fried chile on a decorative platter, cover the whole chile with the nogada, and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on the top, and garnish with two sprigs of fresh parsley.
Recipe courtesy Jose Jalil Dib