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Shrimp-Stuffed Hatch Chiles with Cilantro Cream Sauce

Makes: 8 servings
Serving size: 1 pepper
Prep 50 mins Cool 10 mins Bake 400°F 20 mins Stand 10 mins
Shrimp-Stuffed Hatch Chiles with Cilantro Cream Sauce
  • 1  pound  fresh or frozen medium shrimp
  • 2  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 2  tablespoons  butter
  • 1  cup  chopped onion (1 large)
  • 3/4  cup  chopped red sweet pepper (1 medium)
  • 3/4  cup  fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4  cup  dry white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1  teaspoon  chili powder
  • 1  cup  shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1  cup  shredded sharp cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1  egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon  ground black pepper
  •  Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8  fresh Hatch* chile peppers, roasted and peeled
  • 1  recipe Cilantro Cream Sauce
  •  Cilantro sprigs (optional)

1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp. Rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Chop shrimp.

2. For filling, in a large skillet heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Add shrimp, sweet pepper, corn, wine, and chili powder; cook and stir for 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in cheeses, egg, salt, and black pepper; set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 3-quart rectangular baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.

4. Cut a slit lengthwise down one side of each chile pepper; open chile peppers and lay flat. If desired, remove stems and seeds from chile peppers. Spoon 1/2 cup of the filling onto each chile pepper (filling will be wet). Fold up peppers around filling and place, filling sides up, in prepared dish. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and filling is heated through (160 degrees F). Let peppers stand for 10 minutes before serving.

5. Serve chile peppers with Cilantro Cream Sauce and, if desired, garnish with cilantro sprigs.

From the Test Kitchen*Tip:
  • If Hatch chiles are not available, use Anaheim chiles, which are similar in size and shape.
Cilantro Cream Sauce

Yield: Makes 1-1/4 cups.
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 1  tablespoon  bottled minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  whipping cream
  • 1/4  cup  milk
  • 1/2  cup  snipped fresh cilantro
  •  Salt
  •  Pepper

1. In a large saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Add minced garlic; cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in all-purpose flour until smooth. Add whipping cream and milk. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Stir in snipped fresh cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1-1/4 cups.

Nutrition Facts (Shrimp-Stuffed Hatch Chiles with Cilantro Cream Sauce)
  • Servings Per Recipe 8,
  • cal. (kcal) 623,
  • Fat, total (g) 52,
  • chol. (mg) 251,
  • sat. fat (g) 30,
  • carb. (g) 18,
  • fiber (g) 2,
  • pro. (g) 23,
  • sodium (mg) 618,
  • Potassium (mg) 561,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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