Saturday my farming friends from Swink, Colorado pulled up in front of my store with a load of vegetables and fruits. For several years now - we barter. They have veggies and I have "tea stuff".
This trip brought cucumbers, 2 kinds of squash, peppers, 4 large pumpkins for my back yard, watermelon, cantaloupes, apples, peaches and onions. My kitchen looks like a vegetable stand - well actually I took a bunch of stuff to our neighbors as how much can two people eat?
I was told these were "mild" jalapenos and wanted to make stuffed peppers. A while back I Googled a number of recipes and decided to keep this simple.
Earlier in evening I had gone to the grocery to pick up a few things and noticed the same 2 orphan hollyhocks on the side of the road loaded with seeds. I did what all lovers of gardening do - I jumped out of my Honda and "gathered" some seeds. Of course, stripping off the seeds, I got a few scratches on my fingers. Can you guess what I'm about to talk about?
As I cleaned and prepared the medium large peppers - my hands were on fire. Actually, my nose began running - burning and my fingers were burning. Were these actually "MILD"???? Remove all the seeds and clean them inside well. The reason they roast peppers is to take the HOT out but I was just going to "bake" these. I have heard that the weather has a lot to do with how hot the peppers are....is this true?
(these below are not baked yet)
In a large bowl, I combined 12 ozs softened cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup of diced pimentos and 1/4 cup of diced jalapeno. This stuffed 13 peppers for me and I put fried diced bacon on top of the ones above. I BAKED THESE at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.
Late notes: After speaking with a gal from NEW MEXICO today, I have some more tips - my jalapenos should have stayed in the oven 20 more minutes - that is one total hour until crispy. Green chilies and jalapenos are NOT THE SAME THING. She said jalapenos are hotter. She told me not to chop up any to put in the cheeses. She said she only uses cream cheese and wraps a piece of bacon around them.