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Cheese-Stuffed Peppers

This is Week #20 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

Since the moment I opened my F&W cookbook, this very recipe has been screaming to me. The weather is finally gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, here in good ol' Minnesota (and yes, the pile of snow still stands, but it is slowly shrinking), so grilling season is in full swing! There is nothing better than coming home from work on a beautiful day and opening our doors and relaxing and playing with my boys outside while scents of grilled food float through the neighborhood. Aahhhh...

These stuffed peppers are a perfect grill-weather treat. They would be great as appetizers for a party or just a Mexican side dish. In my case, when I made them the other night, they were a full meal. My husband wasn't home from work yet and my boys had already eaten, so I sat with knife and fork and devoured two entire cheesy peppers all by myself. I'm not ashamed!

To get started, combine the following in a medium bowl:

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Light a grill.

Using a small, sharp knife, remove (and reserve) the stems from:

4 Anaheim or Cubanelle peppers

4 baby bell peppers

4 small poblano chiles

Cut around the insides of the peppers to detach the membranes and remove the seeds. Using a butter knife, fill the peppers with the cheese mixture and reattach the tops of the peppers. Rub the peppers with olive oil.

Grill the peppers over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until the peppers are blistered all over and the cheese filling is piping hot, about 7 minutes.

Transfer the peppers to plates and serve!

The warm, gooey cheese combined with the slight zing, and even sweetness, from the peppers makes an incredible little summertime treat.

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (17)

Oh my goodness, those peppers are just gorgeous! I can't get enough of your photos!

05.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

Those peppers look so good! I bet goat cheese would be good in them too...thanks for sharing the recipe! :o)

05.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes and Beer

What a fun way to prepare peppers! They look great.

05.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLynda

Oh. My. God. I have to make these. Just waiting until the cool, rainy weather we're having goes away (hopefully this weekend) and then I am so making these!

05.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

OMG I love how the cheese is oozing out of those peppers! I am going to have to save this for our next BBQ. I am drooling at work!

Stop cooking delicious food! My stomach cannot take it anymore! May I also suggest changing the cheeses up? Goat cheese, blue cheese, gruyere.... delicious! Anything with melty cheese on the inside is a winner with me!

05.18.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

What a wonderful summer recipe! Such gorgeous colors. And look at all of that cheese!! I have to make these this summer for sure.

05.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

OH MY GOOD LORD THAT IS FABULOUS!! ::drools:: I am going to try this!! YUM

05.19.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRavieNomNoms

These look great...very delicious too I might add! I did not realize that you are in Minnesota. So glad that we are finally having some sunshine. :)

These peppers look like a definition of comfort food with all that cheesy goodness! Yummmm

05.19.2011 | Unregistered Commentercooking rookiec

These look delicious. When I think of stuffed peppers, I think of the meat and rice stuffed variety in a red sauce. I love this delicious looking variation!

05.20.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDana

This look fantastic and I just so happen to have some mini peppers ;) Love grilling peppers, I think I can smell these lovelies :)

05.21.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMagic of Spice

Wow these peppers look beautiful! I've never seen anything like this. Definitely will have to try!

Looks good. Nicely done!

05.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJuanita

Gorgeous! These look super yummy - the perfect treat for the grill!

05.23.2011 | Unregistered Commentersara

That looks great. I am so used to stuff jalapeno peppers. This is a great twist to those.

05.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

This looks amazing, and since all my friends with gardens have given me a vast assortment of peppers, I am going to make this for house guests this weekend.
I am a little concerned about the tops. Do they really stay on while you are grilling? I have vision of the tops falling between the grill grates and cheese oozing out everywhere!

08.3.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary

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