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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Baked/Broiled Stuffed Jalapenos

All of the sudden from scorching heat of 99 degrees temps here dropped to 66-70 degrees with cold rain.

This was much needed rain and the cold temps made a beautiful sleeping weather.

However we needed something to heat the body and what a better way to do it other than with a hot appetizer of stuffed spicy jalapeno peppers :)

I had all the ingredients so decided to make them and they were delicious !!
Here is my version of recipe.


* 12-15 Jalapenos

* ~1/8 cup of Olive oil to brush jalapenos

* 1 (8 oz) pack of cream cheese softened at room temp

* 1 cup shredded sharp yellow or white cheddar cheese

* 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

* 1/2 cup sour cream or may use ranch dressing instead

* 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)

* 1 small onion

* One half of green pepper and one half of yellow or red pepper (capsicums)

* 2 table spoon of olive oil or any cooking vegetable oil

* 1 and half teaspoon of cumin seeds

* 3-4 cloves of finely chopped garlic

* 1 teaspoon Sea salt or to taste

* Juice from one fresh lime


* Wear gloves to protect hand from heat of Jalapenos and cut the each Jalapeno in half and seed them leaving the stem intact if possible.

* Arrange them on a baking tray sprinkle little sea salt on each jalapeno half, set aside.

* Brush Jalapenos half with olive oil inside and out.

* Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a pan, add cumin seeds when these crackle, add chopped garlic, chopped green/yellow/red peppers and onion and saute until light brown, turn the heat off. When finely chop these in food processor.

* Mix soften cream cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and sour cream.

* Add sauteed and chopped onion, garlic and peppers mix, and cilantro to this mix until everything is well incorporated.

* Heat oven to 450 degrees F.

* With a spatula stuff each pepper with above prepared cheese and onion/pepper mix.

* Sprinkle lime juice on each pepper.

* Place the baking tray with stuffed jalapenos in the oven.

* Close the oven door and turn the heat down to 425 F and bake for 20-25 min until cheese is melted and bubbly and pepper skin appears soft.

* Turn the oven to broil and broil the pepper for 2-3 min until cheese is light brown.

Serve hot and enjoy :)

Word of Caution: They are spicy !!

Recipe and Photographs by Surekha.

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