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Hot Pepper Poppers or Chili Cheese Bites

hot pepper poppers

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?

Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

chili cheese bites

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.

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Hot Pepper Chicken with Cashews

Hot Pepper Chicken

We are spicing up things today with this recipe, thanks to the hot peppers. Did  you know that besides giving a “punch” to your meals, they are beneficial to your health? You can check their benefits here.

This recipe is very easy to follow and quick to make, perfect of dinner or lunch. You may serve it alone or complement it with steamed white rice.

Ingredients

2 tbsp oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 onion

4 hot peppers, sliced and seeds removed

1/2 cup (60g) roasted cashew nuts

230g chicken breasts, cut into cubes

1 scallion

1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tsp fish sauce

1 tsp cornstarch (corn flour)

2 tbsp water

Serves: 4

Directions

Place a wok (or frying pan) in medium heat and drizzle the oil. When it is hot enough, add the garlic, onion and hot peppers and cook until onion is becoming tender. Incorporate the chicken and toss often until cooked through. Add the cashews and stir.

In the meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the sauces with the cornstarch and water; mix well. Pour the sauce into the pan and stir until it becomes thickened.

Serve immediately and sprinkle with chopped scallion.

Source: Adapted from Rasa Malaysia.