Fresh Zucchini Rellenos

Yield 6 servings

6 medium zucchini
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons diced jalapeno pepper
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (use frozen and defrosted if fresh is unavailable)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons chopped fresh Anaheim mild green chiles (or use canned mild green chiles)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese, divided use

2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/3 cup chopped onions
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2 Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Carefully scoop out the flesh and chop. Place the zucchini shells in a greased shallow baking pan in a single layer.
3 Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, then add zucchini flesh and onion. Saute for 4-5 minutes, then add jalapeno. Remove from heat.
4 Combine the corn, eggs, milk and salt in a blender or food processor and blend to a course puree.
5 Add chopped chiles and 1-1/2 cups of cheese into the corn mixture and give one quick pulse of the blender. Quickly stir in zucchini/onion mixture.
6 Fill the zucchini shells with the corn mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
7 Cover with foil and bake until tender, approximately 30 minutes.
8 Meanwhile, make tomato sauce: in a blender, combine the tomatoes, onions, garlic, and salt.
9 Heat oil in a skillet . Add tomato mixture and heat about 15 minutes until thickened.
10 Reserve a bit of cilantro for garnish, then stir remaining cilantro into sauce. When zucchini is cooked, top with the freshly cooked tomato sauce. Sprinkle with cilantro.

notes Adapted from Recipes from a Kitchen Garden by Renee Shepherd and Fran Raboff.
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