Red Rice & Walnut Stuffed Chilaca Chiles

This may not be the most attractive dish but other than the sauce being too thick I was pleased with how it turned out. It had a nutty flavor with mildly sweet undertones.

It started by pouring hot water over walnuts and almonds and leaving them to soak for an hour or so.

stuffed chili peppers


Then I got the red rice cooking by roasting it in a dry pan for a few minutes then rinsing and then boiling it in salted water. Red rice has a nuttier flavor than brown rice and is reminiscent of wild rice.

red rice


While the rice was cooking and the nuts were soaking I used a torch to char the Chilaca chiles. As the peppers were roasted I put them in a closed bag to sweat, facilitating the removal of the skin.


I didn’t attempt to remove every bit of skin but made sure to get out all the seeds and connecting ribs. A potter’s loop tool works well for the job but it is just as easy to pull them out with the fingers.

stuffed chili peppers


For the filling I sautéed onion, garlic and celery with a little kosher salt.

stuffed chili peppers


I had previously soaked some golden raisins (Sultanas) and had dry roasted a few walnut pieces.  I added them, the cooked red rice and a few dried cranberries. The walnuts were a bit burnt but they added interesting bursts of flavor that weren’t objectionable.

stuffed chili peppers

stuffed chili peppers

stuffed chili peppers

stuffed chili peppers


Meanwhile the soaked walnuts and almonds were blended with the water they were soaked in. I also blended in some kosher salt, a few roasted sesame seeds and a couple Medjool dates. I placed the stuffed peppers in a baking dish on some of the nut sauce then poured the rest of the sauce over the peppers. I knew before I poured it that it was way too thick but time was running out and I was in a rush to get it in the oven.

stuffed chili peppers

stuffed chili peppers

stuffed chili peppers

The raisins and cranberries added little bits of sweetness and the dates gave the sauce a subtle sweetness as well. Overall it was a worthwhile endeavor.

stuffed chili peppers

stuffed chili peppers



 


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