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#1 rancho_gordo

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 06:36 PM

If I weren't so shy, I'd love to participate......

Ha! Sounds great. Rajas are a fine idea as they also help with the whole charring issue. And rajas with cotija cheese on a hot fresh tortilla is heaven.

I also wonder if anyone else caught Alton Brown preparing charred chiles. He makes a mistake so throroughly that I have trouble with anything else he says.

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 06:41 PM

I also wonder if anyone else caught Alton Brown preparing charred chiles. He makes a mistake so throroughly that I have trouble with anything else he says.

what did he do?

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 06:45 PM

I'm in, if somebody will tell me what the parameters are.

Could it be rajas con cebolla y crema instead of rajas con limón? I'll be glad to post a recipe.

And yeah, what did he do?


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Posted 28 January 2005 - 06:55 PM

I hope you're sitting down because this is so shocking!!!!

After scrapping the charred skin of the chile, he insisted that you run the entire chile under plenty of cold, running water!

Actually, I bet there are good cooks who do this but he speaks in such absolutes that it frosts me. I would never do this myself.

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 06:57 PM

I hope you're sitting down because this is so shocking!!!!

After scrapping the charred skin of the chile, he insisted that you run the entire chile under plenty of cold, running water!

Actually, I bet there are good cooks who do this but he speaks in such absolutes that it frosts me. I would never do this myself.

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 07:34 PM

WELL!!! I am horrified at the thought of running charred chiles under plenty of cold water. Válgame Dios, how could he insist on such a thing?


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Posted 28 January 2005 - 08:18 PM

After scrapping the charred skin of the chile, he insisted that you run the entire chile under plenty of cold, running water!

:lol:

Another vote for rajas con cebolla y crema. Or since we're charring/peeling anyway (NOT RINSING), maybe both?
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Posted 28 January 2005 - 09:16 PM

Here's how green I am -- I had to look up rajas.

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 09:25 PM

Here's what I have on my website: Rajas

I would love it if my instructions were more clear. Don't worry about offending it you think I've missed something.

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 09:51 PM

Here's how green I am -- I had to look up rajas.

Me too.
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Posted 28 January 2005 - 10:46 PM

Here's how green I am -- I had to look up rajas.

I didn't have have to look it up - because you did it for me. Thanks.

I'd be willing to give this experiment a go too.

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Posted 28 January 2005 - 11:06 PM

i usually char my chiles either on my cast iron griddle, which works perfect. Occasionally I will do them on my gas barbeque, but I have to watch that the flesh doesn't overcook.
The other method I have observed, in a few Mex. restaurants I have worked in, is the deep fried technique. Takes seconds and gives an even all round flesh removal that can be hard to duplicate on a griddle. The poblanos we get up here have all these nooks and crannies making it almost impossible to get an even char. On the other hand, the deep fry technique doesn't give you that nice hint of charring flavour I enjoy.
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Posted 29 January 2005 - 12:36 AM

The other method I have observed, in a few Mex. restaurants I have worked in, is the deep fried technique. Takes seconds and gives an even all round flesh removal that can be hard to duplicate on a griddle. The poblanos we get up here have all these nooks and crannies making it almost impossible to get an even char.

Bayliss suggests somwhere that brushing the chilies with oil helps to even out the cooking. Not sure I believe it.
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Posted 29 January 2005 - 12:57 AM

Oh dear. Alton does NOT understand chiles.
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Posted 29 January 2005 - 01:40 AM

The other method I have observed, in a few Mex. restaurants I have worked in, is the deep fried technique. Takes seconds and gives an even all round flesh removal that can be hard to duplicate on a griddle.

Regarding the "even all 'round flesh removal" thing -- after I char and blister the peppers, I stick them into a plastic bag to steam for a few minutes and the peels slip right off.

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