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Arroz con chile poblano

Arroz con chile poblano
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Total time: 50 minutes | Serves 4 to 6

Poblano marinade

  • 6 ounces tomatillos (about 4 to 5 whole)
  • 1 poblano chile, toasted, peeled, stemmed and seeded
  • 12 long sprigs cilantro, stemmed
  • Salt

Step 1Soak the tomatillos in cold water for a few minutes, then peel and discard the husks. Place the tomatillos, chile, cilantro and a pinch of salt in a blender and puree until smooth. Add enough water so that there are 3 cups of liquid and quickly blend together. Set aside.

Rice and assembly

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion (about 1/2 onion)
  • 1 1/2 cups medium- or long-grain rice

Step 1Place a large saucepan over high heat and add the oil. Add the onion, decrease the heat to medium and saute until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 2Add the rice and continue to cook for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the rice is lightly toasted; this enhances the flavor and keeps the rice from clumping.

Step 3Stir in the marinade and salt and increase the heat to high. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then decrease the heat to a low simmer. Cover and gently simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, until all the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender. Fluff the rice with a fork and adjust the seasoning just before serving.

Note: Adapted from "Dona Tomas: Discovering Authentic Mexican Cooking" by Thomas Schnetz and Dona Savitsky with Mike Wille. Toast the chile on a stove burner set on high heat, or in a pan under the broiler, turning occasionally so that the skin chars evenly on all sides. Place the chile in a paper bag and allow it to rest until cool enough to handle, then peel the charred skin (do not wash as this removes flavor), stem and seed the chile, and use as directed.


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