October 6, 2010

Stuffed Baby Peppers...

This dish inspired me while I was running 6 miles on the treadmill in May.  Yes I watch Food Network as I workout!!!  I admit it & love it!.  Anyway gorgeous Giada was prepping her version of stuffed baby peppers and my mind started spinning.   She used peas, my husband doesn't do peas - I'll add spinach & turkey bacon rather than pancetta.  Anyway here is my version of Baby Stuffed Peppers

1/2 onion thinly diced & caramelized
3 slices of turkey bacon, crisply cooked & diced
3/4 cup of part skim ricotta
1/4 cup Parmesan & Romano Cheese
1 box frozen chopped spinach, thawed
Lemon Juice
Hot Sauce
Salt & Pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
20 sweet baby peppers
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Add cooked onions. bacon, and spinach to mixing bowl - toss.  Add ricotta, cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, & hot sauce to mixture.  Toss together. Remove tops from peppers and ribs from the inside.  Fill peppers with the spinach mixture with your  fingers & ensure mixture is in entire pepper.  Line in a baking dish and coat outside of peppers with PAM.  Bake 35- 40 minutes.  Serve & enjoy!  This is really a great side dish or even appetizer.  Just note it does take prep time.  I recommend if you are serving to anyone other than your family - Fix the day before (or at least before you get dressed) - will store perfectly in fridge cover in plastic wrap - just bring to room temp (about and hour) before putting in the oven.


Jennifer said...

Oh my, those look wonderful! So going to give it a try!

Lara B Knight said...

I am going to send some home with Jamie for you tonight!

Penny said...

This a totally inspired dish! I love it and it has made me think of other incantations. It is great when food inspires you. Thank you!

Lara B Knight said...

Penny - Thank you! Your comments are so encouraging!!!

Steve Vaitl said...

We do something similar but with crab meat on the inside and use the bacon to wrap them up in. Then throw them out on the grill!!

We also use the "Fooled You" variety of Jalapeno peppers I grow in my garden. They have NONE of the heat but all of the flavor!