St. Cecilia fish fries feature Mexican flair

Jerry Naunheim
So what does it take to make the best-tasting chiles rellenos in town? Poblano peppers? Check. Mexican cheese? Got it. A thick egg-based batter to fry them to a crispy golden brown? No problem. It also helps if they’re made fresh at St. Cecilia Parish. Every Friday during Lent, a team of volunteers at the South St. Louis parish have been serving up hot chiles rellenos as well as other Mexican-style meatless dishes for diners looking to fulfill their weekly Lenten obligation. The unusual idea is one of numerous that have taken off at parish fish fries around the archdiocese. Some of these parishes, who use the Lenten activity as a fund-raiser, are offering alternatives to the standard fare of fried cod, shrimp and jack salmon.

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