Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pepper Party Poppers

Not only are these mini pepper poppers cute, they are tasty and satisfying as well. Contrary to what you may think, they are not hot and spicy. If you like peppers, you will love this recipe. They were a hit at our Mexican-themed party! We hope you enjoy them as well.

Vegetable oil cooking spray
6 slices of bacon
1/2 medium white onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
24 (2 to 3-inch long) sweet baby peppers

Kitchen Essentials:
Baking sheet
Cutting board
Medium skillet
Paper towel
Wooden spoon

Paring knife
Medium bowl

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside. Chop the onion.

In a medium skillet, fry the bacon until fully cooked. Set aside on a plate lined with paper towel and allow to cool and crumble into bacon bits. In the same pan, add the onions and cook until soft, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir frequently. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine the onion, bacon and cheeses. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Using a paring knife, cut 1/2-inch from the stem-end of the peppers. Remove the seeds and veins. Using a small spoon, fill each pepper with the ricotta mixture. Place the filled peppers on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until the peppers begin to soften. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Arrange the peppers on a platter and pop into your mouth!

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