March 02, 2010

Cheesy Baby Peppers

Aren't these baby peppers just too cute? Giada (my girl!) featured them in an episode that I filed away in my DVR. I saw them at Trader Joe's last weekend and they looked super fresh and they were under 3 bucks! I decided now was the time to make a riff of this recipe.

I had some leftover thyme butter from Valentine's night dinner with ABF, and I sautéed the onions and shallots in it. Then I mixed it up with a few spoonfuls of ricotta cheese, added some fresh black pepper and some Parmesan cheese, and started filling those peppers! This was all by sight--kind of winging it after the spirit of Giada's recipe.

These take no work at all to put together. I placed them in a baking dish and popped them in the oven at 350 for 15 minutes.

Mine did not look quite so beautiful as Giada's when they came out, but they still looked yummy. I waited a few minutes for them to cool and then tried them. They were pretty yummy, but they still need a little more zing. I might try the peas next time, but I'm thinking these need something a little more. Next time I'm going to try some tomato sauce swirled in there, too. They're definitely fun, easy, and cute enough to earn an appearance at my next party!

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