Recipe courtesy of John Ash

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  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

2 medium poblano peppers

1 large red bell pepper

1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered

1 or 2 serrano chiles, stemmed and seeded

4 tomatillos, husks removed and cut in half

2 medium size ripe roma tomatoes

8 ounces Bellwether Carmody or other flavorful melting cheese, sliced thinly

1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves

Salt and pepper

Black Bean Salsa (recipe follows)

BLACK BEAN SALSA:

1/4 cup each finely diced red, yellow and green bell pepper

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans

1/2 cup finely diced onion

2 teaspoons minced jalapeno (or to taste)

1 tablespoon chopped cilantro

1/3 cup chopped roma tomato

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

Drops of honey, salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Char the peppers over a gas flame or under a broiler and then scrape off the blackened skin (do not wash). Remove and discard the seeds and stems and cut into large dice and set aside. Grill or roast the onion, serrano chile and tomatillos until lightly colored and chop coarsely. Remove core and seeds from tomatoes and cut into small dice. Arrange half the sliced cheese in the bottom of 4 individual earthenware dishes and scatter all of the vegetables over the top. Sprinkle half the cilantro over this and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place remaining cheese over all and top with remaining cilantro. This can all be done up to a day ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve.
  2. To serve: place the filled dishes in a hot (425 degree) oven for 6 to 8 minutes or until cheese is nicely melted and just beginning to color. Top with a tablespoon or two of the black bean salsa and garnish with the avocado and cilantro sprigs. Serve immediately with crisp tortilla chips if desired.

BLACK BEAN SALSA:

  1. Blanch the bell peppers in lightly salted boiling water for 5 seconds. Plunge into cold water to stop cooking and drain. Combine with rest of ingredients and refrigerate. Can be stored refrigerated and covered for up to 3 days.
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