Hot as in…spicy, épicée, picante, kruidig, würzig, スパイシー, 香辣, kryddig…. You get my point!
Driving to lovely Branson, Missouri for Matt’s new business venture, he had the opportunity to review all my cooking magazines…that’s when he started getting ideas. Ideas of recipes for ME/MOI to cook. He even took his notepad out to jot down these great ideas. So tonight, having worked my tiny butt (a girl can dream) off, I am relaxing by attempting one of his cravings: grilled stuffed jalapenos. This recipe was inspired by the cooking light recipe for grilled jalapenos as well as a ‘doctor’s office” magazine Matt was reading while waiting!
12 jalapenos (I tried to get the largest ones I could find)
6-ounces of low fat cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese (I bought the one with jalapenos!)
1 garlic clove grated
3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed (yes, you won’t use the whole can but keep it to make black beans and rice tomorrow night!)
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro (and a touch more for serving)
2 teaspoons lime juice
Salt and Pepper
Before we start may I suggest you wear rubber gloves when working with jalapenos or any hot peppers. It will save you a lot of pain along the way. I, on the other hand, love to play with fire and I get burned everytime! I never learn my lesson!
Halve your peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds and white membrane. (see pics below). Lay on a platter and set aside.
In a large bowl mix your cream cheese, shredded cheese, grated garlic, salt and pepper. Add your black beans and cilantro, gently fold, careful not to crush all your black beans.
Using a small spoon or scoop, fill your peppers. I don’t like to overfill them because when they get on the grill the stuffing goes everywhere and you lose it all.
Preheat your grill for 5-10 minutes. Place your peppers on a grill rack or grill grate coated with cooking spray. Place on your grill and cook (covered) for about 8 minutes. Keep an eye on your peppers so they don’t burn.
Place on your serving platter and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
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Peace and hot stuff!