Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers


I inherited a box of jalapeño peppers from my friend Laurie when we visited her and Frank in Palm Springs. She needed one to make guacamole and bought a whole box.  In the end she forgot to put it in, so the entire box was left unopened and she was headed back to Wisconsin.  I didn’t know what I’d do with them as I’m not a big fan myself though I must say I love the jalapeño poppers they have at the supermarket. So, with the idea of gooey cheese in the middle I looked for an easy recipe. I came across crab-stuffed peppers which intrigued me as something a little more interesting than just cheese as a filling.

I have a favorite recipe for crab enchiladas so I thought I’d try some of that filling. I washed the jalpenos, cut them in half lengthwise, and cut out all the seeds and the veins in the middle (I thought). I put the crab enchilada filling in one, and in the other I simply mushed together some cream cheese and crab and sprinkled some chopped olives on all of them.  I put them in the pre-heated (400 degree) toaster oven on a small baking sheet and baked them about 20 minutes.

They were surprisingly good! I actually liked the ones that were just cream cheese and crab best. I don’t know what I missed in the cleaning, but a couple of them had a real “bite” to them and that was good.  The ones that I cleaned perfectly had no spice to them and were almost boring. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to advise on keeping the right amount of spice. 😦

I just experimented with 2 of the jalapeños and I still have the rest of the box, so I’ll  keep experimenting to see if I can come up with a recipe that I’ll want to add here. But my sense is that you can put anything in the middle and bake them and they’ll be a delightfully different appetizer or snack. Thanks for the inspiration, Laurie!

Published in: on February 22, 2014 at 9:54 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I’m glad you were able to use the jalepeños.

    • Yes! That was a fun challenge to try them out. I would never have bought them and tried it otherwise. The photo doesn’t look great, but they were very tasty. We’re having leftover crab enchiladas tonight so I’ll try again to do something interesting with the jalapenos as a side or appetizer. You know, it’s the “right motif” for Mexican so it’s now or never in this house. 🙂

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