Chiles Rellenos Casserole

Photo: Howard L. Puckett
One of those “wow” dishes. It’s comforting, full of flavor, different than any other casserole you’ve had, and it’s really easy. Could it get any better? When corn is in season, by all means, cut off fresh kernels to use instead of frozen.

Yield:

6 servings (serving size: 1 (3 1/2-inch) square)

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 38 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 50 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 344
Fat 13.8 g
Satfat 5.5 g
Monofat 3.8 g
Polyfat 1.4 g
Protein 23.3 g
Carbohydrate 31.6 g
Fiber 7 g
Cholesterol 107 mg
Iron 2.7 mg
Sodium 655 mg
Calcium 264 mg

Ingredients

2 teaspoons canola oil
1/2 pound ground chicken
1 cup chopped onion
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (16-ounce) can vegetarian refried beans
1 (4-ounce) cans whole green chiles, drained and cut lengthwise into quarters
Cooking spray
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded colby-Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed and drained
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups fat-free milk
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 egg whites

Preparation

1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add chicken and onion; cook 6 minutes or until chicken is done, stirring to crumble. Combine chicken mixture, cumin, and next 5 ingredients (through refried beans) in a bowl.

2. Arrange half of green chile strips in bottom of an 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray; top with half of cheese. Spoon mounds of bean mixture onto cheese, and spread gently, leaving a 1/4-inch border around edge of dish; top with corn. Arrange remaining chile strips over corn; top with remaining cheese.

3. Combine flour and salt in a bowl; gradually add milk and hot sauce, stirring with a whisk until blended. Stir in eggs and egg whites; pour milk mixture over chile strips. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 5 minutes or until set; let stand 5 minutes.

Note:

This recipe was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

L. Alyson Moreland,

January 1995