Saturday, September 10, 2005

Chiles en Nogada

Doesn't this look delicious? It is Chiles en Nogada or a poblano pepper stuffed with a spicy fruit and meat mixture and covered with a creamy walnut sauce garnished with pomegranate seeds. It is usually served in September because the celebration for Mexican Independence day begins on September 15th at 11:00 PM. The dish has the colors of the Mexican flag....the green of the poblano, the white of the creamy walnut sauce and the red of the pomegranate seeds. All of the ingredients are abundantly fresh at this time of year. The dish is served at room temperature. If you saw the movie or read the book Like Water for Chocolate this is one of the dishes from it.

Update: You will find a recipe for Chiles en Nogada here

Last night we walked into the centro to see what was happening. We visited with Fidel at one of our favorite stores. Checked on Loreto to see if there were any remnants of the Loreto celebration still in progress. Walked past several of the churches in the Centro and saw a red car decorated and waiting outside the church for the bride and groom. We stopped to have dinner at the Correo Cafe across the street from the postoffice. We knew that during September they serve Chiles en Nogada and of course, we can't let September go by without enjoying this dish. You can order the dish with one or two poblanos. We ordered one....I don't know how they can get two on the plate much less how you would be able to eat two. It was good but the filling didn't have as much spice as we would have liked. I guess we'll just have to try it again, and again, and again.

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