When fresh, poblanos have a wonderful, somewhat sweet heat that makes a terrific vessel for rich-tasting butternut squash stuffing. Accompanied by corn tortillas or rice and beans, this makes a special vegetarian entree. Most of the preparation can be done in advance and the recipe can easily be doubled. Look for dark green poblanos about 5 inches long, with broad shoulders at the stem, tapering to a pointy tip. Wash your hands thoroughly after removing the seeds or wear rubber gloves; most of the chile oils are found in the seeds and connective membranes.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2003


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 15 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Make Pureed Winter Squash. If using frozen squash, cook according to package directions.

  • Meanwhile, roast peppers: Place over a gas flame and roast, turning as needed, until blackened on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes. (Alternatively, broil peppers on a baking sheet, turning from time to time, until blackened on all sides, 4 to 8 minutes.) Transfer to a paper bag and seal or place in a medium bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand 10 minutes.

  • Mix the squash puree, cornmeal, pineapple juice concentrate, butter, cumin, oregano and salt in a large bowl until smooth.

  • Peel the peppers and rinse. A few blackened specks left on them will be fine. Make a long incision down one side of each pepper. Gently pry peppers open, then scoop out seeds and membranes, taking care not to tear the soft skin.

  • Carefully spoon about 1/3 cup squash filling into each pepper, followed by 2 tablespoons queso blanco (or Monterey Jack). Gently fold peppers closed.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs in 3 separate shallow dishes. Dredge each pepper in flour, roll in egg, then coat with breadcrumbs. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the peppers and cook until lightly browned all over, 4 to 6 minutes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake the peppers until the cheese has melted and the filling is hot, about 20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (or yogurt).

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Nutrition Facts

314 calories; protein 11.4g 23% DV; carbohydrates 41.6g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 4.5g 18% DV; sugars 3.8g; fat 12.3g 19% DV; saturated fat 4.8g 24% DV; cholesterol 67.4mg 23% DV; vitamin a iu 3577.2IU 72% DV; vitamin c 30.5mg 51% DV; folate 64.3mcg 16% DV; calcium 164.9mg 17% DV; iron 2.6mg 15% DV; magnesium 29.6mg 11% DV; potassium 325.8mg 9% DV; sodium 464.8mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.3mg 31% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
Awesome flavorful recipe. Made recipe as written except did not peel peppers after roasting. Placed stuffed peppers in oven with a 1/2 c panko breadcrumbs mixed with 2 Tbl of butter sprinkled on top of slightly open peppers! Too much trouble for me to peel dredge fry then bake. Tasted great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
YUM These peppers were a huge success. Subbing a little canned pineapple juice for the concentrate is all I did differently as that is what I had on hand. I didn't have any problems with the breading falling off as one commenter mentioned below. That might be attributed to the oil in the pan not being hot enough before adding the peppers. An easy way to tell if it's hot enough is to flick a droplet of water onto the pan and see if it sizzles. I will definitely make this again and experiment a little by adding some chopped chipotle peppers into the butternut squash puree along with some lime juice. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Originally saw this on Food Networks website but could not find it there! This is the 3rd time making it. WONDERFUL!!!! I didn't have the pineapple concentrate...first time used a little lemon juice...second time used OJ this time fresh pineapple juiced...all worked beautifully. Not spicey but full of deep flavor...yum-a-licious! FIVE STARS!!! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Not worth your time normally i agree with time required to prepare a dish from eating well; however this took me 2 times longer and was not worth it. the bread crumbs won't stick and it was overall unremarkable. i want my afternoon back:-( Pros: Cheesy Cons: unremarkable Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great recipe! I had never roasted peppers before so I tried it in the oven and it was very simple. I did use the center rack and next time I think I would place the peppers closer to the heat. I could not find pineapple juice concentrate but had pineapple ice cream topping and added that to the squash. It worked well. I also did not fry these but instead stuffed with only the squash and then covered with pepperjack cheese and baked covered for about 20 minutes then uncoveded for a bit to brown the cheese. I will definately make these again in some form now that I know how easy roasting peppers is. Read More