Giveaway! and Monster Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Tomatillo Salsa

by Suzanne on August 21, 2010

I hate to admit that this is yet another recipe from leftovers. I told my daughter that I was going to pretend that I made this recipe from a “just grilled” chicken breast because the word “leftovers” was an extremely overused term on this blog.

She told me I was cheating.

. . . . *sigh* . . . .

I’m not much on cheating. I’m not much on lying and deceiving, either. Talk about overused these days.

So, I’m ‘fessin’ up. Yep, leftover chicken.

You know, it really never hurts to throw an extra piece of chicken on the barbie. Right? Same amount of prep time. Same amount of cook time. And every time you do I’ll be there for you. Just waiting with another recipe for a leftover something-or-nuther.

So, here we are.

Knowing that I had this great chicken breast, I headed to the store to get a few poblano peppers to make this recipe. When I got there, I really wasn’t sure these were labeled correctly.

Monster Poblanos

I swear, I’ve never seen poblano peppers this size. They should have been labeled “Humongous Poblanos” or “El Super Grande Poblanos”. These babies are gigantor!

I really should have put a yardstick next to them for the picture. No one is going to believe they are really this big. We’re talking six or seven inches long and four inches across at the top. And those are the two smaller ones that I bought! The big ones are still in the refrigerator.

If yours turn out to be this big, you may want to double the recipe! In the meantime, one large chicken breast should do for four “normal” sized peppers.

Now, there is something for you today that is not a leftover. It’s brand-spankin’ new. And that’s my first ever giveaway!

. . . *sound effects* . . . *and the crowd goes crazy* . . . Woooohooooo! Yay!!!!!!! . . . *thunderous applause* . . .

I can't believe my ears, or eyes!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is your lucky week! Well, one of you, anyway.

We all love to shop. The thrill of finding the perfect item for your dining table at the perfect price is exciting. But do you ever wish you could find everything you’re looking for, all in one store? Well if so, then this giveaway will be right up your alley. Cookware.com, a CSN store, wants to give one Thru The Bugs On My Windshield reader a $70 shopping spree to its store! Via Cookware.com and the CSN network of 250+ online stores, you have access to one million products from awesome lines such as LeCruset, All-Clad, Shun Cutlery, and many more.

There are three ways/chances to win.

1) Subscribe by email to my blog (Email Subscription is just right up there^);

2) Become a Friend of “Thru The Bugs On My Windshield” on Facebook;

3) Visit Cookware.com and browse around and leave a comment here on my blog about one or two products on which you would love to spend $70.

That’s it! Make sure to get all of this done before midnight on Friday, August 27, 2010 at 10pm, Central. I will post the name of the randomly selected winner on Saturday, August 28th. *Please note that this contest is open only to United States and Canada residents. The winner will get a one-time use $70 gift certificate that can be applied to your CSN order.

Tell all your friends and family!

Good Luck!

And now the rest of the story . . .

Monster Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Tomatillo Salsa

More than a basketfull

Stuffed Peppers

4 Poblano Peppers
1 large, grilled Chicken Breast, diced small
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small Onion, chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Jalapeno, minced
1/4 cup Sour Cream or plain Yogurt or Cream Cheese
1/2 cup grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
1/8 tsp cumin
1 cup prepared Brown or Wild Rice

In a small skillet, add olive oil and heat on medium high. Add onions and stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeno and stir for another minute or two. Remove from heat.

In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients, including your sauteed vegetables and stir until everything is incorporated. Set aside.

To prepare the poblanos, wash the exterior well and then pat dry. You have a choice, here, on what you do next.

1. Cut the stems out of the top of the pepper by cutting in a circle down into the pepper. Trim the seeds off. Do not discard tops. Make a split lengthwise in the peppers and take out remaining seeds and pith. Stuff with the chicken mixture. Put tops back into the pepper. Place in oven at 400 degrees covered for 30 minutes. Then uncover and add a little more cheese on top of the pepper and cook for another 20-30 minutes, or until cheese and pepper start to brown.

OR

2. Grill or broil the peppers, turning regularly, until they turn dark brown and blacken slightly on the outside. Remove from heat. Now your peppers should be soft enough to only split down the middle and pliable enough that you can open them up without having to remove the stem. Remove the seeds and pith from inside and stuff with chicken mixture. Place in casserole dish and top with more cheese into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or so until the cheese is bubbly and browned.

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Great combination of flavors!

8 Tomatillos, papery leaves removed, washed and dried (look for ones that the leaves are still wrapped around the fruit)
1 small Onion
3 Garlic Cloves
1 Jalapeno
2 Tbsp chopped fresh roasted Green Chile
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
1/8 tsp Cumin
Juice from one big, juicy Lime

Cut tomatillos, onion, and jalapeno into relatively equal pieces. Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until all ingredients have been processed thoroughly.

Tomatillos for a little salsa verde

When you are ready to serve your peppers, top with a big spoonful of the Tomatillo Salsa. This salsa is, by far, the best tomatillo salsa I’ve tasted – and I’ve tasted a lot. I’ll never buy a prepared green salsa again! It’s great just by itself with chips, too!

Serve your peppers with some grilled Summer Squash halves or grilled tomatoes.

Delicious! Pefect meal for a summer (winter, spring or fall) day!

MM: “These are real good.”

Me: “Awwww, thanks, Honey!”

Now, I know all you can think about is getting to the store and getting these babies on your table. But don’t forget to enter for the $70 CSN Gift Certificate, too! Spread the news! Enter now!!!!

No Liar, Liar Pants-On-Fire here,
Suz

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Ryan G August 21, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Oooh I’d love one of those Ice Cream Makers!

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Thru The Bugs On My Windshield August 21, 2010 at 10:03 PM

We have one of the Cuisinart Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt makers and it works like a charm. Sometimes TOO well! Good luck!

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Jordan P August 21, 2010 at 7:59 PM

I’d have to say I want those la creuset cooking dishes!! all of them are so pretty.

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Thru The Bugs On My Windshield August 21, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Jordan, Alta, and Mary – I’m with you. A piece of LeCruset would be LeWonderful! Good luck!

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tastyeatsathome August 21, 2010 at 8:05 PM

I love you. That cheesy chickeny pepper has me drooling. Yum.

Anyway…yay for a giveaway! I am focusing on the fact that on their home page they say they’re having a Le Creuset sale. Umm…yes please. I’ll take some of that.

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tastyeatsathome August 21, 2010 at 8:05 PM

I subscribe via email!

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tastyeatsathome August 21, 2010 at 8:07 PM

I “liked” your FB page!

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Claire August 21, 2010 at 8:15 PM

ah YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thru The Bugs On My Windshield August 21, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Claire, you would LOVE these! And sooo easy! Good luck!

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Mary Jenkins August 21, 2010 at 9:03 PM

I subscribe via email!
quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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Mary Jenkins August 21, 2010 at 9:04 PM

I like the white Le Creuset french oven from cookware.com!
quitecontrary1977@hotmail.com

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sophia August 21, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Oh goodness! I’ve never had poblano peppers before, but you’ve convinced me to go to the store tomorrow. That melted cheese on top! Swoon!

For the CSN giveaway, I would love to get a bread box. I am a bread whore and stock up on breads, but they get dry easily.

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Thru The Bugs On My Windshield August 21, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Yep, there’s something about melted cheese that does it for me, too! Good luck and love your blog name! LOL!!!

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sophia August 21, 2010 at 11:31 PM

I’m a friend! :-)

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Jane Bonacci August 22, 2010 at 12:52 AM

This looks like a wonderful vegetarian meal. My husband and I are trying to eat more healthy dishes and this will certainly be a fun new addition to our menu!

I’ve been looking for a set of white dinnerware and the BIA Bistro Collection is perfect! Thanks for the opportunity to possibly win!

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Schmidty August 22, 2010 at 1:14 AM

I subscribed to your email. Beautiful pictures (and recipes!)

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Schmidty August 22, 2010 at 1:14 AM

I liked your FB page. Thanks for the entry!

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Schmidty August 22, 2010 at 1:16 AM

I would love to apply this GC to anything Le Creuset! (A braiser, or dutch oven, in Caribbean Blue.)

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deeba August 22, 2010 at 1:19 AM

Those are the yummiest peppers I’ve seen in ages… Swoon! I would LOVE to win a Cuisine Art Ice Cream maker … been waiting for it long. I love the CSN giveaways. Thank you for hosting it, and ever so ‘yummily’!!

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Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) August 22, 2010 at 3:56 AM

Ohh I would absolutely love an Ice cream maker :)

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Barbara @moderncomfortfood August 22, 2010 at 5:15 AM

I love your blog, your recipes, your humor…and your leftovers. And these poblanos are straight up my alley (or perhaps, in this case, I should say super-highway!). I’m making these straight away.

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Amanda August 22, 2010 at 7:23 AM

I am definitely a subscriber :)

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Amanda August 22, 2010 at 7:24 AM

I am now a FB fan! Girl you need to add a FB button to your site :) i will suggest you to my friends!

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Amanda August 22, 2010 at 7:25 AM

I’ve actually been browsing around and have my eye on a food processor :) but not sure which one yet!

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Cookin' Canuck August 22, 2010 at 9:16 AM

Those poblano peppers are amazing!

I am a fan on Facebook.

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Cookin' Canuck August 22, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I visited Cookware.com and the Le Creuset bakeware jumped right out at me. I have been eyeing some of those pieces for a long time.

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Asha@FSK August 22, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Oh! Wow! Would love to win this giveaway!!! been eyeing an ice cream maker there for a while!!! :))))

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Megan August 22, 2010 at 9:55 AM

I ‘like” you, (blush). I “liked” you yesterday as a matter of fact!

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Megan August 22, 2010 at 9:56 AM

I subscribed, now I must go confirm!

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Megan August 22, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Does the winner get any stuffed peppers??? Cause they look mighty fine! I’ll eat your leftovers anytime.

As for the giveaway, niiice! Gosh, I was looking at knives but the were to expensive, I was looking at cutting boards, I had no idea cutting boards were so expensive, but I do love a pretty footed cake plate. I would probably splurge on the Lenox Candles and Confetti Singing Cake Plate. I know I would never buy one on my own. But who knows, if I won, I might get more pratical and go with the Le Creuset bakeware. :)

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Thru The Bugs On My Windshield August 22, 2010 at 10:14 AM

You all are shop-O-holics! And such great friends! Thanks for all the kudos and visiting and signing up!!. I’m amazed at all the stuff that CSN stores and their Cookware.com has – and the prices look pretty good, too.

Megan, you crack me up! I “liked” you yesterday and I still like you today. Bwwwahahahahaha! I’ll fix you some stuffed peppers if you win!

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Nive August 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

Thanks for this giveaway…I am planning to get some cookware if I won…maybe a sandwich maker…

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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Nive August 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM

I am an email subscriber too…

ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

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Colleen Cole August 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM

I would be getting a Le Creuset pasta pot!

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Colleen Cole August 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Subscribed~

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barbi August 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM

I subscribe via google reader.

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barbi August 22, 2010 at 9:10 PM

I would love to get an immersion blender.

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Colleen Cole August 22, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Fanned on Facebook.

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Sarah C August 22, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Oh, those look so yummy! I am going to try it – leftover chicken or not! lol

I am an email subscriber
soluckyducky(at)gmail(dot)com

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Sarah C August 22, 2010 at 9:38 PM

FB fan sarah linette
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Sarah C August 22, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I would love a Le Creuset 6 qt stock pot, and maybe some spatulas too!
soluckyducky(at)gmail(dot)com

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Marcia August 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM

I subscribe via email and I would love a LeCruset dutch oven!!

http://thevegantummy.blogspot.com

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Lauren W August 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM

My blender just broke a couple weeks ago, so if I won the gift card, that’s what I’d put it towards!

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Lauren W August 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM

just subscribed!

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domestic diva August 23, 2010 at 2:12 PM

I’d love to get a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance!

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kari August 23, 2010 at 2:13 PM

I could use a new chef’s knife. And I am now making those peppers for dinner (we also have monster peppers on our garden this year).

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meeyeehere August 23, 2010 at 3:01 PM

I am a new email subscriber! Yay!!!
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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meeyeehere August 23, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Paula Deen 7 Qt. Cast Iron Covered Round Casserole in Red – 51752 would be so nice,I need a casserole dish!However,If I win,I am getting a crock pot and a blender!!!!!YAY Thanks for this chance

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Dana August 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM

Ooooh I’d love to get one of those La Creuset baking dish sets!

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Jordan August 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM

Personally, their grilling accoutrements are too cool! I also like the popcorn maker.

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Ryan G August 24, 2010 at 12:44 PM

A roasting dish is definitely on my list of things that I want!

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Chris August 24, 2010 at 2:29 PM

Visited the site and the gift certificate would probably go towards a new bread machine.

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Pixie August 25, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I subscribe via email

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Pixie August 25, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I’m a friend on facebook

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Pixie August 25, 2010 at 3:45 PM

I’d get this awesome processor

http://www.cookware.com/Hamilton-Beach-70670-HMB1194.html

And prolly a cute kitty apron!

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Deanna G. August 26, 2010 at 5:43 AM

I’m a Friend on Facebook.

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Deanna G. August 26, 2010 at 5:45 AM

I’d love to get the Nordicware Sea Shell Teacakes Pan:

http://www.cookware.com/Nordicware-80137-NWR1377.html

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SJ August 26, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I in love, oooooh!
Im a subscriber,
I couldn’t leave here if I tried.

Sing to the tune of I’m a believer…. (by THE MONKEES) Ok, I know…….telling my age.

I love your blog, you know that!! Soooooo much good food on here!

YUM!!!

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nancy August 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM

I’m an email subscriber (confirmed)

nblexp at gmail dot com

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nancy August 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM

i’d buy the Rowenta Auto-Steam Iron

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Barbara Bakes August 26, 2010 at 5:21 PM

I’m wishing I was having this for dinner. I’ve had my eye on a pressure cooker at CSN for a while now.

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Ann September 5, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Since this is a “leftover” recipe, I followed suit with my own leftover modifications. Didn’t have any leftover chicken, but had some roasted veggies–bell peppers, summer squash and portobella mushrooms. Diced and added them to the rest of your ingredients. The family loved the stuffed peppers. Will make them again with just veggies, rice and cheese.

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Thru The Bugs On My Windshield September 6, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Ooooooo, that sounds GREAT! My husband and I find that we are eating more and more veggies and less meat all the time. Don’t get me wrong, we still love a great steak, but our everyday eating has changed a lot more toward the vegetable end of things. I can’t wait to give this a try! Thanks for stopping by!

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Jennifer J-W September 17, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I love all things Le Creuset, too!
I also love poblano peppers. They have such a nice flavor, without being too spicy.

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Suzanne September 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Ditto, ditto and ditto, Jennifer! LOL!!! Thanks for stopping by!

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Cheryl W. September 18, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I am an email subscriber.

dizzybloom at gmail dot com

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Suzanne September 18, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Sorry, Cheryl, this giveaway was in 2010. Hopefully I’ll have another soon!

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