Joan's Chiles Rellenos with Fruity Salsa

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Joan’s Chiles Rellenos

3, 7-ounce cans whole green chiles
1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1 pound cheddar cheese, grated
3 eggs, beaten
1, 12-ounce can evaporated milk
1, 15-ounce can tomato sauce

Wash the chiles, remove any seeds and pat dry. In a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, layer half the chiles and half the cheeses. Repeat layers, reserving ½ cup cheese for topping.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. Add the flour and milk, and beat until blended. Pour the egg mixture over the chiles and cheese. The casserole can be refrigerated at this point while you go for a ride.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the top, sprinkle the reserved cheese, and bake 15 minutes longer. Cut into squares to serve.

Fruity Salsa

1 cup any melon, chopped
½ cup fresh pineapple, chopped
3 or 4 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
½ jalapeno pepper (or more if you like it hot), chopped fine
¼ teaspoon salt
1½ tablespoons cilantro, chopped
1 tablespoon olive coil
Pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients. Adjust flavors to taste. Cover and refrigerate three hours or overnight. You can substitute any kind of tropical fruit—it all works.