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Dirty Rice-stuffed Chili Rellenos

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Dirty Rice-Stuffed Chili Rellenos
2011-02-05 Main Dish
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Ground chicken livers and gizzards are cooked with sausage, added to rice and seasonings, stuffed into poblano peppers and fried for these "dirty rice" rellenos.

  • Servings: 4-6


6 Large Poblano Chilies
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Onion, small dice
1 Jalapeno Pepper, small dice
1 Poblano Pepper, seeded and small dice
2 stalks Celery, small dice
¼ lb Chicken Livers
¼ lb Chicken Gizzards
1 lb Ground Spicy Pork Sausage
1 cup Long Grain Rice
2 cups Beef Broth
2 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning
4 Tbsp Hot Sauce
All Purpose Flour, for dredging
Oil, for frying
3 Egg Whites, at room temperature
1 Yolk, at room temperature
Mexican Crã¨me, for serving
Salsa, for serving


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place poblanos on a baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until charred, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then set aside. In a Dutch oven, or large sauce pan, add remaining olive oil, onion, jalapeno and poblano peppers and celery. Season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium, stirring often until softened, about 10 minutes. In a food processor, puree the gizzards and livers. Transfer to onion mixture in the pan; add the sausage. Cook, stirring often to break up the meat, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Add the rice; cook, stirring often, until the rice begins to toast, about 10 minutes. Add broth, Cajun seasoning and hot sauce. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cover. Cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes. While rice is cooking, prepare the chilies: Unwrap the roasted chilies and peel the charred skin off. Never rinse with water, just peel off with a paper towel, being very careful not to tear the chilies. Once peeled, make a slit from the top of the chili to within an inch of the bottom. Carefully remove the seed pack from the chilies. Stuff each chili with the dirty rice mixture. Secure closure with toothpicks. Dredge in flour. Add enough oil to frying pan to about 1/3 of its depth; heat oil to 375 degrees. Preheat a warming oven to 200 degrees. In a bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks. Add the yolk and beat until stiff peaks form, about 1 more minute. Dip the chili in the egg and transfer to hot oil. Fry until browned on bottom side, then flip and continue cooking until this second side is browned. Place on a baking sheet lined with paper towels, to absorb excess grease; keep warm in oven until all are done. Serve with a drizzle of Mexican crème and salsa.

Helpful Tips:

I know what you are gonna say, gizzards and livers? No way! But hold that thought. I thought the same thing the first time. They are pureed so that you don't even know they are there. This is the "dirty" part of Dirty Rice. There is no freaky flavor or texture, so give it a try. (If you just can't bring yourself to do it, you can leave them out.)