4th November 2007

Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Lisa’s been hankerin’ for this boozy treat for a while now, and she finally found the time to whip it up tonight.

Lisa says:

Wow, this is super sweet. My favorite is the whipped cream and the rims.

Chris says:

Gulp… gulp… gulp… Aaaahhhhh….!!! Delicious!

Kahlua Hot Chocolate
5 ounces dark chocolate, cut into small pieces, plus extra for mug rims
chopped mixed nuts (peanuts and hazelnuts)
3 cups 1% milk
1 cups fat-free half-and-half cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup Kahlua
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
grated chocolate

To prepare the mugs, heat extra chocolate in a double-boiler until melted and smooth. Dip the rims of each mug into the chocolate, and then roll in chopped nuts. Refrigerate until ready to fill with the hot chocolate.

Heat the chocolate, milk and half and half cream over medium heat in a heavy saucepan, stirring until the chocolate has melted.
Whisk until the mixture is hot and frothy. Add in sugar if desired. Add in the Kahlua and vanilla; contine to whisk until the mixture is hot. Remove from heat.
Pour into prepared mugs and top with whipped cream. Garnish with shaved chocolate.

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4th November 2007

Shrimp Chiles Rellenos

Tonight’s recipe comes from The Mushroom Lover’s Mushroom Cookbook. Roasted poblano peppers are stuffed with shrimp, portobello mushrooms, corn, onions, cheese, and cilantro. What to do for the guest who doesn’t enjoy mushrooms (or onions, or cilantro)? Just sub peas!

Chris says:

Wow, this is a really good recipe. I like that these aren’t the battered and fried variety. The filling is *really* good.

Lisa says:

I shouldn’t have eaten all those chips earlier. I was totally full after just one of these — but it’s so good I keep eating it!

Abbie says:

It’s the peas that really make this dish!

Thad says:

I’m digging through here and … hey, there’s some shrimp! Hey, there’s a little shroomy! It’s very good.

Shrimp Chiles Rellenos
8 oz medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 tsp minced garlic
8 oz portobello mushrooms, cleaned and coarsley chopped
1 cup fresh corn kernels
8 oz queso fresco
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice
8 large poblano peppers
2 1/2 cups tomato sauce

To Roast Peppers:
Preheat the broiler, brush the peppers lightly with olive oil, and place them in a low-sided pan. Broil, turning the peppers as the skin blackens, for 12 minutes. Transfer the peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap as they cool. When at room temperature, cut a slit lengthwise in each pepper, and scoop out the seeds and membranes. Turn the peppers over and remove the skin, which should scrape off easily.

Cut the shrimp crosswise into thirds. Set aside.
Heat the oil and the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the onion is softened. Stir in the mushrooms. Cover the skillet and cook until the mushrooms begin to give off liquid, about 2 minutes. Uncover the skillet, increase the heat to high, and cook, stirring, until the liquid is evaporated and the mushrooms are slightly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and toss until they turn bright pink and firm, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
Stir the corn, half the queso fresco, the cilantro, and lime juice into the mushroom mixture. Divide the filling among the chilies, filling them completely. Close the chilies so the slits are barely visible. Pour half the tomato sauce over the bottom of an 8 inch square baking dish in which the chilies fit snugly. Pour the remaining sauce over.
Sprinkle the remaining queso fresco over the chilies. Bake in a 350F oven until the sauce in the center of the dish is bubbling and the cheese is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

4 Servings

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