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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.




Ingredients:




* 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






Method:






* 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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