“Have you ever tried Mexican food?”
The year is 1962. Don Draper has run off from a conference in LA to Palm Springs with a young nymph named Joy.
After collapsing from heat exhaustion in front of her eccentric, nomadic friends, a more rested Don joins the crowd poolside for his first taste of Mexican food.
Joy tells him he must try "a pepper, filled with cheese. And there's a sauce!"
Well. If that doesn't send you trotting off in search of a recipe for chiles rellenos and roasted red pepper sauce, you're simply mad.
(Albeit an eggy, microwavable version as yet untried. But still nostalgic!)
(click below for the 1980s goodness)
With our love of Palm Springs and Mexican food, this is a perfect addition to our Food From Mad Men series.
Roasted poblano or anaheim peppers stuffed with cheese are dipped in whipped egg and fried.
Fire roasted tomatoes and red pepper, garlic and onion make a simple sauce for drizzling overtop.
But because we are weirdly anti-oeuf, we’d like to broil a batch casserole style; layering rows of stuffed peppers with a touch of sour cream and panko or even cornmeal on top. We’ll give a whirl and see how it goes.
We’re not keen on surrendering the look of individual peppers, but we’re sure if we keep the topping light, the peppers will still look like peppers. Granted, they will not have that fried, crunchy coating that makes the peppers so dreamy. But baking/broiling is sure to save a load of calories.
We love the simplicity of oozy cheese and slippery peppers, but we’re mighty tempted to stuff with pork carnitas for a more substantial pepper.
Cross yer fingers…