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Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

By Creativeculinary @CreativCulinary

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Did you ever decide to make something that sounds good, sure...but the end result is SO much better than the expectation? This was certainly one of those times for me. This weeks theme for The Food Network's roundup that I participate in is Mac and Cheese and this recipe for Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorites; made on the stovetop and not baked so it's especially creamy and so full of flavor I could eat the entire pan in one sitting. Really, I think I could!

What is surprising is the abundance of peppers. I have a green pepper intolerance. Before you shake your head in agreement it's not what you think. They don't bother my stomach. My intolerance is more akin to the fact that just the scent of them makes me grimace and has my entire life; I'm even a part of a Facebook Group called Green Pepper Haterz; no kidding! My sister too and my kids (nature or nurture argument?).

When I first moved to Colorado 25 years ago I put on the same face for jalapeno peppers. After all, they were green. But over time, I would have the occasional dish with the 'J' word and I found that although I found the heat a bit of a jolt to my Midwestern sensibilities, I didn't find their flavor offensive like I did their unripened cousin.

Fast forward to today and my oh my...I even like RED PEPPERS; another poor orphan I ignored solely based on DNA (or whatever it is that proves plants share some commonality!) and eat Jalapeno raw, on purpose even! This dish luckily has Poblano Green Chiles and Red Peppers and no...I did not eschew the reviled green and omit it (which is the norm) I just think it's important to note I'm using peppers at ALL!

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

The original recipe is from the RSVP section of an old Bon Appetit magazine; an issue from 2010. RSVP is where the magazine seeks out recipes that have been requested by readers for dishes they have had in restaurants all over the world. I find they are most often as wonderful as the reader thought they were. This included. I loved the original recipe from The Roaring Fork in Scottsdale, Arizona but I added one touch of my own. While this is not HOT HOT HOT, it has enough heat to handle a dollop of sour cream. It's not critical, just my personal preference so you can consider it optional...but don't. It's so good with it!

I posted this years ago and it seems that my work with The Food Network coincides nicely with Throwback Thursday; they provide the theme and I can always think of something I've done that needs a redo...think TFNTBT too much? Yeah, probably right but I'm going to keep on that track for awhile; I have a LOT of recipes that need new photos. Did you get an old horizontal photo in your feed today? I did my work last night and expected to process the images and include them in this post this morning which I am required to publish at 10am Eastern time. Except something was wrong with the disk; the images were non-existent and I had to scramble and take new photos...oops! I didn't get them included in time for the deadline so it went out went the old and now here it's in with the new!

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese
  • 2 whole fresh Poblano chile for roasting, plus ½ cup chopped fresh Poblano chile
  • 2 Tbsp corn oil
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper (about one whole pepper)
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 2 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
  • 1.5 cups whipping cream
  • 12 oz macaroni, cooked (I like rigatoni better than smaller noodles)
  • 1 cup blended Mexican cheeses or Monterey Jack
  1. Char whole chile directly over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Transfer to plastic or brown paper bag and seal. Let stand 15 minutes.
  2. Peel, seed and coarsely chop the roasted chiles and put in processor. Add whipping cream and process until smooth.
  3. Heat oil in large, heavy saucepan over medium high heat.
  4. Add ½ cup chopped raw Poblano chile, red bell pepper, onion and garlic. Saute until soft about 4 minutes.
  5. Add corn, stir for 1 minute.
  6. Add the cream/chile puree and bring to a boil.
  7. Add macaroni and cheese and stir til cheese is melted and mixture is heated through.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of cilantro.

Green Chile Macaroni and Cheese

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