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Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Yield: 6 servings

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Rick Bayless's Tomato, Rice and Beef Casserole
This recipe serves:   

For the roasted poblano chilis and tomatoes:
6 poblano or Anaheim chili peppers
6 ripe Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large white onion, sliced 1/4" thick
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 tablespoon dried oregano

For the rice casserole:
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup medium or long grain rice
1 cup grated Monterey jack or Mexican Chihuaha cheese
1 1/2 cups cooked, shredded grilled skirt or flank steak

Cooking Instructions
For the roasted poblano chilis and tomatoes:

1. Preheat the broiler.

2. Roast the chilies and tomatoes under a very hot broiler until blackened on all sides, about 10 minutes for the chilies and 12 minutes for the tomatoes.

3. Cover the chilies with a clean kitchen towel and let stand for 5 minutes. Peel the chilies and remove the stems and seedpods. Rinse the chilies briefly to remove specks of skin and seeds. Slice the chilies into 1/4" strips.

4. Cool, peel and roughly chop the tomatoes. Set aside the tomatoes and their juices.

5. Heat the oil in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and oregano, and cook 1 minute longer. Add the chilies, tomatoes and their juices. Stir until the juices have reduced, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season with salt. Remove from the heat and set aside. (This can be made ahead and refrigerated up to 3 days.)

For the casserole:

1. In a large pot, bring 3 quarts water and the salt to a boil. Add the rice and simmer, uncovered, for about 15 minutes, until all the grains are tender but not mushy or splayed. Strain the rice and spread on a tray to cool.

2. Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3. Spread half the rice over the bottom of a lightly greased 8" x 8" baking dish. Spoon on half the chili-tomato mixture and sprinkle with half the cheese. Spread all the beef over the cheese. Cover with the remaining rice, chili-tomato mixture and cheese. (This can be assembled a day in advance and refrigerated.)

4. Bake until bubbly and brown, about 20 to 30 minutes, but longer if it was refrigerated. Let stand 10 minutes, then serve.

Serving Size: about 1 1/2 cups

Nutritional Information
Number of Servings: 6
Per Serving
Calories 419 Carbohydrate 6 g
Fat 17 g Fiber 0 g
Protein 25 g Saturated Fat 7 g
Sodium 967 mg    


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