Chile Relleno Rustico


Morning after the big party, dirty wine glasses everywhere and fridge full of leftover appetizer odd's and end's.... and lots of CHEESE.  

I sent someone to the business Costco to pick up the pre-cubed cheese, as it's easy, and I think every party needs cheese.  Except maybe 15lbs of cheese is a bit much, yep, he bought three different kinds, 5lbs each.  That's a whole lot of cheese.

You can expect a lot of cheesy posts from me coming up.... ahahaha.

About the name "rustico"... I think that's just a nice way of saying lazy.  
Ha, or really smart!  
With traditional chile rellenos you need to do lots of work to make beautiful cheese filled peppers in a battered goodness.... my recipe just throws it all in one pan. 
Looking at the kitchen again in it's messy after party glow, I need EASY.

Here's an easy one pan brunch, or dinner, idea.  I used my cast iron skillet, but an 8x8 baking dish would probably work just fine.

(Not pictured- corn tortillas (3) and cayenne pepper)
Serves 4-6
Ingredients

3 corn tortillas, cut into wedges
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cans of whole green chiles
1 cup cooked chicken,  chopped (optional)
1 cup cheese, shredded or diced (cheddar, pepper jack or co-jack)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2-3 green onions, chopped
4 eggs
1/4 cup half & half
Dash of cayenne
salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 350


Over medium heat, add some oil and the corn tortillas to the bottom of cast iron pan.  If using a regular baking dish, just oil up a 8x8 pan and layer in corn tortillas.

Add the flattened pieces of canned chilies on top of the tortillas.  The chilies can either cut or pulled apart by hand in large flat "fans".  Layer cooked chicken (or other cooked meat...) and cheese on top.  Sprinkle with cilantro and green onions.  Add another layer (second can) of green chilies.  Top with more cheese, cilantro and green onions.  Beat up the eggs with some half and half.  Add salt, pepper and cayenne.  Mix again and pour over the chile mixture evenly.  

Bake about 35 minutes for cast iron, could be slightly longer in different pan.  Check it, if the cheese is melted and bubbling and the eggs looked cooked, then take it out. 

Let cool about 5 minutes.  Serve with some green salsa, maybe some sour cream too.  Better add some fresh fruit too...


 Here's the peppers layered over the corn torillas
 Here's the second layer of chilies sitting over the cheese, chicken, cilantro and green onions.

Topped with more cheese and the egg/cream mixure, just ready to go into the oven.

 The finished dish


 Here's a close up of my last bite.  Yum


So about the corn tortilla's on the bottom, 
I will admit they make it easier to get out of the pan in one piece, but it is a little hard to cut because the tortillas get crispy.  I think it might work better to put a layer of the corn tortillas in the middle of the chile relleno bake to held bind it together.  If you try that, drop me a comment and let me know how it went. 

I just couldn't decide if I liked the bottom being crispy or not.