Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Chili Rellenos, Shhh they're dairy free!

Here's one of my favorite recipes of all times! And, with peppers at their peak in the garden, now is the time to enjoy it. I've been eating both gluten free and dairy free for some time, so it was a challenge to come up with substitutions that tasted good enough to publish. But, finally, here it is!


8 to 10 Anaheim chilies, each about 6 inches long
1-1/2 cup soy cheese blend
2 Tbs gluten free flour
8 ounces non dairy milk (soy, almond, or cashew)
3 eggs
1 cup salsa


Lay chilies on a sheet pan and place under the broiler. Broil, turning the chilies as they begin to blister and turn black, until the chilies are blistered all over. Remove the pan from the broiler and use a large cover to cover them. Allow them to remain covered and steam for about 10 minutes. Remove the skin from the chilies, then slice in half. Remove the veins and seeds if you like your dishes less spicy, keep them in if you like spicy food. Flatten the chilies and lay 1/2 of them in a 9 x 9 cooking pan. Cover the chilies with about 1/2 of the cheese blend. Lay the remaining chilies as a second layer, and cover them with the remaining cheese. Separate the eggs, placing the egg whites in one bowl, and the egg yolks in another bowl. Beat the egg whites with an electric beater until the whites hold peaks and are almost stiff, but not dry. Beat the egg yolks with a folk, add the flour and milk to the egg yolks and mix well. Carefully fold the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture. Pour the egg mixture over the chilies. Cover and bake at 350F for about 40 minutes. Spread the salsa over the top of the casserole, then return to cook, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven are cut into squares and serve.

Serves 4

Stealthy Cooking Tip: I can't find a reason to tell my dairy loving family that this recipe no longer has dairy in it! However, me and my other dairy free friends know the secret! If you're not dairy free, use milk and real cheese. Do know, however, that dairy free products, especially cheese, are typically lower in cholesterol, sodium, and fats than the real deal. That makes this version worth trying!

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