Nothing warms my heart like a throwback to a Mexican mom classic like this Rajas de Chile Poblano con calabacitas. My mom would make this often when I was a kid and when I eat it, it brings me back to those days in her kitchen listening in to the conversations she was having with my tias.
I would serve this today at a pot luck of some sort or as a side dish to complement any Sunday supper meat or fish dish. A lot of the flavor of this dish comes from the roasted poblano peppers. These chiles are also often called pasilla ancho fresco at some grocery stores. They may be spicy if you are not used to spice, so if you are sensitive, I would recommend to reduce the amount used. I ended up using calabaza bolita Mexicana, but please feel free to use any variety of squash you find and like. Just note that the cooking time may be reduced, based on its firmness. When in season, I also love adding squash blossoms to this dish, it not only adds a great flavor but it also makes for a beautiful elegant dish. If you opt to use them, add them at the same time as you would the epazote.
If you are ok with dairy and not a meat person, Have these over a bed of fluffy brown rice or toss them in with some quinoa for a great nutritious meal.
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In a medium frying pan over medium heat, add vegetable oil and butter until butter has melted and fully incorporated into the oil. Add onions and sautée until fragrant and translucent, about 7 minutes stirring constantly. Add squash, continue stirring until squash has begun to tenderize. Add Poblano peppers, and kernels. Stir for 3 minutes. Add milk. Stirring continuously, season with salt and pepper. Add epazote sprigs. Allow to cook until squash has cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in creme fraiche. Toss in queso panela. Serve
RAJAS DE CHILE POBLANO CON CALABACITAS
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
½ cup yellow onion, julienned
2 cups Mexican squash, cut into 1 ½ in cubes
2 Poblano chiles, grilled, peeled, and cut into small ¼ in strips
1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels
1 3/4 cups milk
¾ cup creme fraiche
3 epazote sprigs
Salt and pepper
1 cup Queso Panela, cubed