Stuffed Poblanos over Forbidden Black Rice Risotto with Roasted Corn-Avocado Abdi

Serves 6


Jerk Marinade 

* 2 tsp olive oil

* 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced

* 1 clove garlic

* 1/2 serrano chile

* 2 Tb Sucanat ( or any raw sugar )

* 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

* 1/4 cup tamari

* 1/2 bunch cilantro

* 1 tsp dried thyme

* 1/4 tsp ground cloves

* 1/2 tsp ground allspice

* 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

* 1/2 cup vegetable stock or water

Roasted Corn-Avocado Abdi

* 1 red onion, cut into 1/4 inch dice

* 1 carrot, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch dice

* Kernels from 1 ear corn

* 4 to 6 kumquats, sliced, or 4 to 6 orange segments

* 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4 inch dice

* 1 tsp dried oregano

* 1 tsp allspice berries, grounded

* 1/4 bunch cilantro, stemmed and finely chopped

Forbidden Black Rice Risotto

* 2 Tb olive oil

* 1 red onion, cut into small dice

* 1 carrot, peeled and cut into small dice

* 1 celery stalk, cut into small dice

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 2 tsp curry powder

* 2 tsp ancho or guajillo chile powder

* 1 tsp ground cinnamon

* 1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate

* 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock

* 1/2 cup cashew cream

* salt

Tempeh-Pepper Ragout

* 16 ounces tempeh, cut into 1 inch dice

* 1/4 cup canola oil

* 1 red onion, cut into large dice

* 1 celery stalk, cut into 1/2 inch dice

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 3 to 4 red, yellow, purple and green peppers, cut into large dice

* 1 medium-ripe plantain, peeled and diced

* 2 tsp chile powder

* 1 tsp whole cumin seeds

* vegetable stock

* salt and freshly ground black pepper

* Juice of 1 lime

* 1/2 habanero chile, seeded, plus more as needed

* 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced

* salt

* 6 poblano chiles

* 6 cilantro springs, for garnish


To Make the Marinade 

1. Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the olive oil. Add the onion and saute for 10 minutes or until carmelized.

2. Transfer to a blender and add the remaining ingredients. Blend on low to form a thick, smooth paste.

To Make the Abdi

1. Preheat the broiler. Place the corn on baking sheet and broil for 5 minutes, or until some of the kernels start to brown.

2. Mix the onions, carrots, corn, kumquats, cucumber, oregano, allspice, and cilantro in a bowl and set aside.

To Make the Risotto

1. Place a deep skillet over medium-high heat and add the oil. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, or until soft.

2. Add the curry, chile powder, cinnamon, chocolate, and rice and stir well. Stir in the  stock. Cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

3. Remove the lid and simmer, stirring often, for 5 to 10 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed.

4. Stir in the cashew cream and add salt to taste. Remove from the heat.

To Make the Ragout

1. Preheat the broiler. Put half of the jerk marinade in a bowl and stir in 2 tablespoons of the canola oil and the tempeh.

2. Place the tempeh on a baking sheet and broil for 10 minutes or untl dry and browned.

3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, and saute for 5 minutes or until just soft.

4. Add the peppers, plantain, chile powder, cumin, and the remaining jerk marinade and saute for 10 minutes, or untl the peppers are soft. Add the stock, if needed, to prevent scorching.

5. Remove from the heat, and add the tempeh. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To Make the Chiles

1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the chiles on a baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven, slit the chiles lengthwise, and remove the seeds and membrane. Fill each chile with about 1 cup of the ragout and return to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until heated through.

To Finish the Abdi

1. In a blender, blend the lime juice and the habanero with 1/4 cup of the abdi mix. Combine with the rest of the abdi. Gently stir in the avocado and add salt to taste.

To Serve

Place an equal mounds of the risotto on each plate. Top with a chile, and surround with some of the abdi. Garnish with a cilantro spring.