In New Mexico, we are pretty notorious for our peppers and love of cheese. We can pretty much come up with a way to put both on every dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner (and a few desserts as well!). I went to visit my mom this weekend, and we always have so much fun creating new meals in the kitchen. This weekend, we planned an appetizer-themed evening, and had a menu of pimento stuffed peppers, brie and spinach topped artichoke hearts, reuben sandwiches, and hand-crafted tiramisu for dessert.
My mom came up with the idea of pimento-stuffed peppers. Granted, it’s a bit misleading, because the pimento cheese isn’t made with actual pimento peppers. We used fresh roasted red bell peppers in their place, skipped the icky processed cheese for sharp cheddar, and subbed in greek yogurt for mayo. (Much healthier!)
We found these beautiful small peppers at the market and they created the perfect, flavorful canvas for our healthy pimento stuffing.
I can’t decide if I loved these little guys because they were so vibrant and gorgeous, or because they had such incredible flavor… or perhaps it was that we managed to pull off such a healthy rendition of pimento cheese.
Either way, I will be making these again.
Pimento Stuffed Peppers
- 2 red bell peppers
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- Salt to taste
- Assorted mild small peppers
Turn oven on to broil. Place whole red bell peppers on top rack and roast until slightly charred, about 2-5 minutes. Stay close by and check frequently, to avoid burning. Once peppers are roasted and cooled down, remove stem, skin and seeds, then chop finely. Combine diced roasted red bell pepper, cheddar, Greek yogurt and salt in a medium bowl.
Wash assorted small peppers, slice in half, vertically, and remove seeds and membranes. Using a spoon, fill each pepper with pimento mixture.
And that’s it! Stuffed peppers have never been so easy! This is a great dish to bring for your holiday parties, or to whip up when you’re craving a healthy snack.
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