Easy Baked Cheesy Poblano Peppers – Chile Relleno

Hey guys! Anyone out there? I know it is a beautiful summer day, but if anyone out there is ready for some easy homemade Mexican food, please tune it! This recipe is super easy and delicious. Have you ever had a poblano pepper? In your nearby favorite Mexican restaurant, it is called a Chili Relleno. Basically, charred poblano peppers (slightly spicy, but just barely) stuffed with cheese and covered in a enchilada type tomato sauce and more cheese. I was thinking of my favorite Mexican place, Montery.

In any recipe on the Internet you find it fried and baked. This may be good and all, but not the same as my authentic Mexican restaurant. The Chile Relleno is not fried. The Chili Relleno is a perfect light vegetarian meal, despite all the cheese. I decided to try to create my own. This is a pretty amazing recipe… simplicity at its best. 3 ingredients- poblanos, mexican cheese blend, and enchilada sauce. You could shred and blend your own cheese mix. You could make your own enchilada sauce. You could, but then I could not call this “Easy…”

Easy Baked Cheesy Poblano Peppers


6-8 Poblano Peppers
1 large can Enchilada Sauce- I used Old El Paso, ya’ll…
1 large package of shredded mixed Mexican cheese… You know that blend in the grocery; don’t lie!

If you have a gas stove, char your peppers for a few minutes on each side. If not, roast them in your oven on 400 until charred- this will take longer, not going to lie.

Preheat your oven to 350

Place your roasted peppers in a zip top for 10 minutes. The peppers enclosed in the bag create a steam that will be helpful taking some of that skin off. In a few minutes rub the peppers around still in the closed bag with your fingers. If they are hot, use a towel or plastic gloves. I have no feeling left in my finger tips, so for me, I can use my bare hands. Open them up half way with a knife. Leave the tops in place. Take out the seeds and membranes.

Take Corningware type dish that has been sprayed with kitchen spray. Pour a bit of your enchilada sauce on the bottom. Stuff your peppers and place in the pan. Cover with more sauce and cheese. Bake until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Serve with rice, beans, and a guacamole salad. I have found my new favorite Mexican dish to make at home! Don’t get me wrong, I will still go out to Montery. I love cooking their amazing dishes, but they can still do the dishes for me! I am still trying to perfect the homemade margarita.




Copy Cat Monterey Chicken

Evening friends! Tonight’s dinner was pretty delicious, if I do say so myself. I guess I always do that, huh? Well, this is a food blog afterall. It is and always will be about delicious tasting food! Tonight I recreated a dish that is at the popular dining institution Chili’s. There is a dish there called Montery Chicken. Basically, it is a chicken breast, covered with barbecue sauce ad topped with melted cheese and a bit of chopped bacon.

I thought I would try to make this at home for a controlled healthier dish. It was spot on! Full disclosure- I made this once before, but I totally forgot to add the bacon. It was still tasty, but just not what I had envisioned. Tonight it was spot on. I hope you guys get a chance to try this. Let me know what you think!

So cheap to make. I bought a bunch of chicken breasts on sale at Publix. I used the last bottle of Sticky Fingers (family favorite) bbq sauce, some bacon I got on sale at Publix (buy 2 get 1 free), and a few slices of Sargento mild cheddar cheese (also on sale). I served with a side of peas, mac and cheese, and salad for the adults. I just saved you guys like 8 bucks a plate! You are welcome!

Montery Chicken


3 chicken breasts- I butterfly them for a more even cooking temperature
Barbecue Sauce- varies- you are going to spread this on the top of the grilled chicken
4 strips bacon, cooked
3 pieces of mild cheddar (use what you have)
salt and pepper


Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken.
Grill your chicken. I used a cast iron grill pan.

Move your chicken to an oven safe pan (I used a corningware dish) that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Spread barbecue sauce liberally on top of each piece of chicken.

Add your cooked bacon on top. I cooked my bacon on the cast iron grill pan as soon as my chicken was done. Less dishes that way.

Add your cheese on top. Add to a 350 oven to melt all the cheese. The chicken should be moist and cooked perfectly through. Serve with your favorite sides. Maybe you would like browned skillet potatoes (small potatoes cut in half cooked in bacon fat with a bit of butter and garlic) and your favorite veggie.



Ultimate Potato Salad

Today has been a great day! The girls spent the night at my parents, so I got to sleep in a while. After I woke up, I put a pork shoulder in the crock pot to have for BBQ sandwiches. I went for a leisurely stroll through the farmer’s market with a nice iced coffee, had a nice long walk with my dog in the neighborhood, and read a few magazines, where I came up with the idea to make this potato salad. I made it and put it in the fridge until dinner. Then everyone came home and we spent the afternoon at the pool.


Ultimate Potato Salad

5 medium potatoes, boiled for about 25 minutes until tender, cut up in bite sized pieces
4 boiled eggs, cooled and sliced or chopped
about 1/4 of mayo
about 1/4 cup of honey mustard (I made mine- Add 3 tablespoons of stone ground mustard, a few squeezes of honey, and about 1/2 cup or so of olive oil in a Bell jar and shake it up. I just added a pinch of salt and pepper.)
1 cup or more of shredded cheese- I used a combo of cheddar/colby, but you can use whatever you have on hand.
6 pieces of bacon, chopped

I added the potatoes and eggs in a large bowl. I added the mayo and honey mustard and carefully folded in to the bowl. If it looks too dry, just add more mayo and honey mustard. Then I topped with cheese and bacon. Cover with wrap and refrigerate. This was a big hit at the table. Plates were cleaned!

Here is my recipe for easy crock pot pulled pork…


Stove Top Lasagna and Bruschetta

Last weekend, I was watching The Kitchen, a show that comes on the Food Network. It is kinda like The Chew, but only comes on Saturdays. Sunny Anderson is one of the TV chef personalities, and she was making this stove top lasagna. It looked so easy and delicious, I thought I would make it the next time lasagna was on the menu. I made this kind of from what I remember, so it is not exactly the same as hers. Here is the link to her original recipe. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sunny-anderson/sunnys-pan-sagna-one-pan-plan-lasagna.html
Here is how I made it…

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 chopped onion
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning and fresh herbs- next time I will add more
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pound ground beef
One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
1 container of mushrooms
1 to 2 cups beef stock
8 par-cooked lasagna sheets, broken into shards- I also added the end of a box of penne.
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup Parmesan cheese

You need a large pan with a lid that is also oven safe. I used a circular dutch oven. Add the olive oil on medium-high heat. When the oil begins to swirl around in the pan a bit, add onions, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, a little salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cook until the vegetables are tender and the onions become translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the tomato paste and garlic. Stir for a couple of minutes.

Add the beef to the pan. Cook while breaking up with a wooden spoon until cooked through and browned, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and stir. Add the stock to cover the contents by almost an inch. Bring the pan to a boil then add the broken lasagna sheets. Make sure you cover the pasta with the liquid. Cover the pot, lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the lasagna noodles are al dente, about 8-10 minutes. I uncovered it and stirred it around every few minutes to prevent it from sticking to the bottom.

Once it is done, stir in the Parmesan cheese. The spread the mozzarella all over the top. Turn the oven on low broil. Put the pot in the oven and keep the door a jar a bit. Keep an eye on it and take it out when the cheese is melty and brown. YUM!



Of course I didn’t forget about the Bruchetta! Make this before you put your lasagna in the oven for a nice appetizer to munch on while you sip some wine and wait for dinner to be ready. Lots of different ways to make this- what kind of bread are you going to use; are you going to toast it first or toast the ingredients on it; what kind of toppings are you going to add etc.

I made mine pretty in a pretty basic way- Cut open some bread, minced some garlic and put it on the bread first, then add slices of a tomato, mozzarella, and top with some thinly sliced basil leaves. Put in the oven on low broil until cheese is melted. Perfect with a glass of Malbec!010



Italian Sausage Sandwiches

This sandwich was amazing. Now, it is not like your regular sandwich. You cannot really eat this with your hands. You gotta get in there with a knife and fork. It is a cross between a meatball sub and a sausage and peppers sub. Just do me a favor and make this. Soon. Did I mention it has cheese? Ooey Gooey Cheese. Clean plates all around!

Italian Sausage Sandwich


small onion, chopped
2 heads garlic, chopped
1 container mushrooms, sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
5 Sweet Italian Sausages cut up in 1 inch pieces- You could substitute chicken or turkey sausage
4-6 hoagie rolls
1 container of marinara sauce- You could make your own, but for a quick meal, use your favorite jarred sauce. I actually found a sausage and peppers marinara that was perfect (Publix brand).
1/2-1 cup of mozzarella cheese- feel free to use as much as you like


Preheat broiler to high
Hollow out the top halves of rolls. Arrange rolls on baking sheet. Broil 1 1/2 minutes or until toasted. Set aside for the time being.
Heat a large skillet or pan over med. heat. Add some veg. oli to the pan and let it get hot. Add your onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes. Add your sausage pieces to pan; cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add mushrooms, peppers, and marinara; bring to a boil. Reduce heat,and simmer 5 minutes or so until peppers are tender.

Arrange some of the sausage mixture on each half of roll. Add plenty of mozzarella cheese on each sandwich. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy! 010