Have you ever had a craving for something spicy? Well, this could be your fix! Just make sure you have something to drink at hand!
These make great appetizers. We have included two versions. Which do you prefer?
12 fresh hot peppers
1 cup shredded cheddar
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack
1/4 tsp ground garlic
1/4 tsp chili powder
3/4 tsp salt
Zest of 1/2 lime
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Serving: 2 dozen
Filling: Half the hot peppers lengthwise, remove stems and seeds. In a small bowl combine the 2 cups of cheese; sprinkle the chili powder, ground garlic and salt. Squeeze the lime and toss everything together. Scoop a heaping teaspoon on each pepper half and firmly press.
Coating: In a separate bowl whisk the eggs. In a medium bowl mix the breadcrumbs and flour. Take each half pepper, dip in egg, transfer to breadcrumb mixture and coat evenly; place in a lined baking sheet. Repeat for all. Here you have two options: 1) Heat a skillet with olive oil and fry them in small batches until golden; drain on paper towels. 2) A healthier one we think would be to bake them for about 20 minutes or until golden.
Source: Adapted from The Chubby Vegetarian.
Variation: Chili Cheese Bites or Nuggets
Grate the cheese and leave it out of the fridge for a few hours until it reaches room temperature; this will make it soft enough to work with. Finely dice the hot peppers and mix with the cheese and other filling ingredients. Shape into bite size balls. Follow the instructions above for the coating and cooking.