Fiesta Peppers

Fiesta Peppers

For today’s post I’m turning over the reins of A Gouda Life to my daughter, Lauren Dezenski BLOG-fiesta 15because her Fiesta Peppers recipe is so delicious that it needs to be shared! It’s the perfect appetizer for your next get-together. It’ll improve your life. Guaranteed. 

Thank you so much Lauren for your support of A Gouda Life and sharing your recipe and story with us! Stay tuned for other A Gouda Life supporters/guest bloggers!

I LOVE to eat, pair food with a large glass of wine, and get more than a little creative in the kitchen…I am my mother’s daughter. Growing up in her kitchen I became enthralled with trying new things and was inspired by her desire to always put a personal touch on each and every meal. Growing up in her kitchen meant together time, and the promise of food that kept you eating past Thanksgiving-full. It’s about time this artistic home cook shared her recipes over the World Wide Web!

My absolute favorite way to eat is in the form of appetizers – I could eat every meal like this. Dips and things involving chips are generally my forte when bringing something to pass – fiesta, Mexicali, enchilada…are you seeing a theme? I am ADDICTED to Mexican-style food and eat it way more often than one person should. Spicy, cheesy, bold flavored food…need I say more?

I was recently put in charge of apps at a family party and wanting to do something a little different I hopped on Pinterest for some quick inspiration. Pinterest for me is like a black hole. I go on looking for recipe inspiration and end up pinning a cute dress, future vacation, and a funny quote all before getting to that recipe I was searching for. When I finally climbed my way out of the black hole that is Pinterest I had decided to take pieces from two recipes and combine the for one mouthwatering winner of a recipe. . .enter Fiesta Peppers!

Now I am a big fan of jalapeno poppers, but lately, my peppers have been SO spicy that I struggle to eat the end of it — total waste of a perfect appetizer. Spicy is good; but mouth on fire, singe your taste buds is another thing. The end result: my favorite filling for a Jalapeno popper stuffed into mini sweet peppers and grilled for a perfect summer app.

Fiesta Peppers

 

Fiesta Peppers
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Ingredients
  1. 18-20 MINI sweet bell peppers
  2. 1 - 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  3. 1 jalapeno, seeds/stems removed (you'll only use half)
  4. ¼ cup red onion
  5. 1 – 1 ½ cup Fiesta Blend shredded cheese (if you don’t have it, mix in 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning to shredded cheddar)
  6. ¼ cup bacon bits
  7. ¼ cup cilantro, finely minced
Instructions
  1. Mix together in a large bowl the package of cream cheese, half of the jalapeno minced, red onion, cilantro, bacon bits and about half the bag of shredded fiesta blend cheese.
  2. Wash and cut the top off 18-20 mini peppers and clear out any seeds.
  3. Scoop the cream cheese mixture into a gallon sized zip lock bag. Cut one bottom corner of the bag to create your own piping bag.
  4. Use piping bag to squeeze cream cheese mixture into peppers. Top with a little extra cheese and press down to seal.
  5. Spray aluminum foil with cooking spray and lay on a pre-heated grill (medium heat, about 300-350 degrees).
  6. Place peppers on foil and cook approximately 6-8 minutes per side; 6 for a firmer pepper, 8 for a softer pepper with some charring.
  7. Slide foil off of the grill and onto a plate. Plate peppers and serve!
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