Ha ha! We have snuck into our Dad’s blog to show we have some tricks up our sleeve too!
The Gringo’s Daughters – Mande & Emily
Last night the Gringo Gourmet’s daughters experimented with some Pueblo Poppers! This past weekend we took a trip down to Pueblo, Colorado for their annual Pueblo Chile Festival, and there was a new pepper on the scene! They are a new strain made from the yummy Mira Sol pepper, made especially for stuffing. Like our daddy, we can’t resist chile, or stuffing, or a new and exciting culinary adventure!
First we had to inspect these new peppers! Turns out they are very similar in texture to a green bell pepper, with just a touch of heat like a jalapeno or green chile.
We decided to stuff them with some Spanish rice mixed with some zuchhini, yellow summer squash, some veggie crumbles, and some shredded colby jack cheese.
These tricky peppers don’t stand up straight as well as a bell pepper, so we put them all close together in a pan to hold each other up.
We put them in the oven to bake until the top of the rice mixture was brown and a little crispy, and the peppers were cooked soft enough to eat easily. While we waited for that to happen, Mande had thankfully thought ahead and prepared some traditional jalapeno poppers to tide us over. Because what goes with stuffed peppers better than smaller, hotter stuffed peppers?! These are jalapenos that are halved, hollowed out, stuffed with chive cream cheese and topped with cheddar. Baked in the oven until crispy, and so delicious that Emily pretty much licked the plate clean.
After we had devoured the jalapenos and taken to measures to cool our palates, the stuffed Pueblo Poppers were ready! They looked great, and tasted even better. They had just a hint of heat that complimented the flavors in the stuffing… well except for that longish pepper you see in the front of the plate. Turns out that was NOT a Pueblo Popper. Mande discovered quickly that it was actually an overgrown, fire-hot jalapeno that had accidentally been tossed in with the Poppers! As flames shot out of her mouth and nose, Emily dug into the actual Poppers and declared them a success!
After all these peppers, we had a lovely dessert of Tropical flavored TUMS! But it was all so delicious, it was well worth it!
…. and we now return you to your regularly scheduled Gringo Gourmet
– Mande Drazin & Emily Hastings aka Las Hijas Del Gringo