Stuffed Chiles in Walnut Sauce (Chiles en Nogada)
A tantalizing combination of nuts, fruit, and chiles creates a sweet, hot flavor that's authentically Mexican.
Yield: serves 6
- 6 fresh poblano chiles, about 1 1⁄4 lbs.
- 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
- 1 small apple, peeled, cored, and diced
- Vegetable oil
- 1⁄2 lb. ground pork
- 1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. white vinegar
- 1 cup shelled walnuts
- 1 1⁄2 cups sour cream
- 4 eggs, separated
- Leaves from 2–3 sprigs cilantro, coarsely chopped
- Seeds of 1 pomegranate
- Char chiles over a gas flame or under a hot broiler, turning to blacken all over. Place chiles in a brown paper bag and close tightly for about 15 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Peel off blackened skin, taking care not to tear flesh. Cut a slit down the length of each, stopping 1⁄2" from the bottom. Scrape out ribs and seeds; set chiles aside.
- Cook onions, garlic, and apples in 2 tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat until soft, about 20 minutes. Add pork and cook 10 minutes; season with salt, stir in cinnamon and vinegar, and cook 5 minutes more.
- Purée walnuts and sour cream in a food processor; add salt to taste and set aside.
- Dry chiles with paper towels and fill them with pork mixture.
- Beat egg whites in a medium bowl until foamy. Add a pinch of salt; continue to beat till stiff. Lightly beat yolks, then fold into whites. Dredge chiles in flour, shake off excess, then dip in egg. Fry in 1" very hot oil in a large skillet, turning to brown evenly. Drain.
- Cover chiles with sauce and garnish with cilantro and pomegranate seeds. Serve at once.