Thursday, September 4, 2008

Spicy Stuffed Peppers

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I am incredible impulsive at the market. I buy as much on attractiveness as freshness. I saw these lovely little peppers at the market recently enough and purchased them simply for their look. I used a couple to flavor pasta dishes because they were spicier than bell pepper but with a different sort of heat than jalapenos. But, this treatment didn't really satisfy my visual senses. While it pains me to say it, I am in the end an aesthete.

So tonight I decided the adults would have spicy stuffed peppers--a fancy version of jalapeno poppers. Often people ask me, but why are you posting alcoholic beverage if your blog is named feeding maybelle? Is your blog not about feeding children? Well, because, part of being a parent is finding some quiet moments and experience somethings for yourself. I hope to never make two totally separate meals. But, turning something that Belle likes into something a little more adult (adding blue cheese, chili pepper or a glass of wine) is doable. It only took a few more minutes and was well worth it.

So tonight Belle had beans (flavored with cumin, cilantro leaves, bay leaf, korean garlic and onions) and brown rice. Belle ate this with some tomato sauce, grated cheese, and tortillas.
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For the grown-ups, I took a cap off the peppers and scooped out the seeds. Each got filled with a tiny chunk of chedder cheese, then beans and rice. They were then nestled in skillet atop a bed of homemade tomato sauce and simmered until the peppers were tender. More grated cheese and a visit to the broiler and we voila...my need for a pretty (and slightly spicy) dinner was answered.



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20 comments:

hot garlic said...

Okay, now this is really getting scary! I think the same think {buying on aesthetics -cuteness} and I have those same exact little peppers in my fridge! I grilled them up and diced them in a salsa and I still have 3 more left. I guess I have no choice but to stuff them!

mikky said...

they look so pretty... :)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Those look totally awesome! I wish I could just reach out and grab one!

holly_44109 said...

LOVE these photos!

Kevin said...

Those stuffed peppers look good! I really like the sound of using spicy peppers.

Helene said...

Beautiful pictures & it looks so yummy.

Ning said...

We love stuffed bell peppers! But I don't know if I would be brave enough to try these hot variety. But then, removing the seeds would make them less spicy?

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow awesome recipe. Looks gr8 and delightful. first time here. U have a nice yummy blog. I like that watermelon carving also.

Dhanggit said...

OMG your photographs are breathtaking!! that first one made me drool :-) I love peppers so I will surely love this!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

So cute! I've never seen them so small, they're just perfect for stuffing!!!

Bellini Valli said...

I really enjoyed this post and all the droolworthy photos of these little gems:D

Joan Nova said...

Absolutely luscious - in every sense of the word! This reader is glad you're an "aesthete".

Tasty Trends said...

these looks absolutely delicious! i made some stuffed peppers last week and they were soooo scrumptious!

Deborah said...

A great way to make dinner a little more "adult". These are adorable, and sound delicious!

Simone said...

Those peppers look and sound pretty tasty! Thanks.

Pam said...

I don't know who's dinner sounds the best, yours or Maybelles! These peppers are so pretty!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

These stuffed peppers look gorgeous. And I'm impressed at the range of things that Maybelle eats: great stuff!

And adult/schmadults: we didn't have the distinction between "kid" food and "adult" food when we were growing up. But then I'm old. ;)

Jude said...

Wish I could've eaten things like that when I was Belle's age.
Both meals sound good to me :)

glamah16 said...

Beautiful dish and photos. I dont know why some people would assume when your a parent you give up wine and such. Yes the blog is named about feeding her, but I always see it as your culinary journey with her as a main priority, but nuturing yousrself as well.

maybelle's mom said...

Hot Garlic: love that I have been channeling you.

mikky: thanks.

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen: Oh, I wish I could have shared them with you.

holly_44109: hey, thanks for visiting. hope the baby is good.

Kevin: do try it.

Helene: thanks.

Ning: definitely less spicy without the seeds. Though these were only slightly spicy.

Kitchen Flavours: Thanks.

Dhanggit: thanks. A real compliment coming from you.

Clumbsy Cookie: I do love the mini.

Bellini Valli: I am so glad you enjoyed it. come back again..

Joan Nova: thanks. good to find someone into looks too.

Tasty Trends: So easy and I know that the farm stand also goes to your work market. (At least, I heard that.)

Deborah: thanks.

Simone: Thanks; do try them.

Pam: Thanks. they were both good.

[eatingclub] vancouver || js: I am old too and I agree. We will hopefully never have two truly separate meals!

Jude: well, sometimes she doesn't eat stuff like this at her age too.

glamah16: I am so with you about nurturing yourself; and thanks.