Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Anaheim Chili Peppers

Now that I've stuffed everything but my bra this past week, I promise you that this will be the last "stuffed" vegetable recipe for at least a couple of weeks. And you know what? Lucky, lucky you that I've saved the best for last. I think it's pretty obvious why it's the best, isn't it? I mean, wouldn't you eat your dog's chew toy if it was wrapped in bacon?

Before you automatically label this as an unhealthy recipe, consider that the bacon used is center cut bacon, which is comparable to turkey bacon in fat grams and calories. It is also less processed. The base for the filling is cannellini beans and a little reduced-fat cream cheese and 2% sharp cheddar cheese. Aren't we now talking about something that might be considered semi-healthy, especially if eaten in moderation? Am I trying too hard to sell this recipe? If it appears that way I apologize, because one bite of these bacon-wrapped stuffed anaheim peppers is going to knock your socks off. Now give your dog back his chew toy.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Anaheim Peppers

6-8 Anaheim chili peppers
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes in oil (including the oil)
1/2 onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
kosher salt and pepper
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1 (15.5 ounce) can of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp oregano
2 TBSP plus 1 tsp chili powder, divided
3 oz. reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup 2% shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 green onions, green parts only, diced
6-8 slices of center cut bacon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Heat a large pot of water to boiling. Add chili peppers and boil for 4 minutes. Remove peppers from pot and allow to cool.

In a large skillet add the sundried tomatoes in oil, onion and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes and saute over medium heat for 4-5 minutes or just until onions start to soften. Remove from heat and let cool.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray rack (I used my cooling rack) with cooking spray and place on baking sheet.

In bowl of food processor fitted with metal blade pour the sundried tomato and onion mixture. Pulse until finely minced. Add the cannellini beans, salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and 1 tsp of the chili powder. Process until smooth. Add the cream cheese and process until smooth. Remove mixture to a small bowl and stir in the shredded cheddar cheese and diced green onions. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Set aside.

Take each chili pepper and carefully make a slit from the top of the pepper almost to the bottom point. Remove seeds. (I just rinsed the peppers under running water and they came out nicely.)

Place the brown sugar, the remaining chili powder and the cayenne pepper in a pie pan or other shallow dish. Whisk well to combine. Set aside.

Take each prepared chili and stuff with 2-3 tablespoons of bean and cheese mixture, depending on the size of the pepper. Wrap the pepper with the bacon, starting the bacon on the side opposite the stuffing slit and ending on the same side. Roll the bacon wrapped pepper in the brown sugar mixture and place the pepper, stuffing side up, on the prepared baking rack. The ends of the bacon should now be on the bottom of the pepper, thus eliminating the need to use toothpicks to hold the bacon to the pepper.

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bacon is crispy and pepper is tender.

23 comments:

Pam said...

I am all for semi-healthy :)

Pam said...

Woo hoo! They look delicious and bacon makes it perfect!

Moogie said...

Mags, this looks freaking good. You've become a food "goddess".

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

haha, you are too funny! This looks awesome, I think its my favorite stuffed veggie you've done! I'm going to make this and your stuffed zucchini!

pegasuslegend said...

such a fun post to read and love this stuffed brillant idea~

Rosemary & Garlic said...

Delicious.

Barbara said...

You are so funny!

And these look yummy...of course bacon can only help a recipe, semi healthy or not.

Barbara Bakes said...

I don't care if you call it healthy or not. It sounds fabulous.

Cooking with K said...

Oh! These look so good...have to make these!!

kelly said...

What a great idea to add cannellinis to this -- we love 'em -- and who could pass up anything with bacon wrapped around it. Party food!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Oh my gosh this looks AMAZING! You know I'm all about the bacon. :)

stephchows said...

it's true... if it's wrapped in bacon... I would try and eat it :)

Sue Sparks said...

Oh my GOSH! If I make this my husband will think he has died and gone to HEAVEN!!!

megan said...

These look like something I could definitly chew on!

The Mom Chef said...

I'm supposed to head back and watch the rest of Garfield with the kiddo, but I had to finish copy and pasting this first. Yummmmm!

Barbara @ moderncomfortfood said...

Never mind bar stuffing, you're on a roll with your stuffed veggies, and I say keep up the good work. I've been on an Anaheim chili kick lately, and this recipe looks simply wonderful. Next on my list.

Chef Dennis said...

you had me with bacon....then you just blew me away with those stuffed peppers...they look incredible, and so very very delicious!

foodies at home said...

It's still a vegetable in my book, even if you stuff it with cheese and wrap it bacon! Keep stuffing those veggies please, looks amazing!

Alisa said...

Oh my!Your photos are wonderful! I wish I could reach out and grab one, they look so delicious!If you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

margie, your favorite godson here. just wanted to let you know that i believe mom's nanerisms are bleeding over into my girlfriends mind. she told me the other day that there are 35 weeks in a year, i said uhhh care to try again? which she replied 72?? i guess what they say is true, you will find someone like your mother.

Katrina said...

Ooh, my husband would love those and they look pretty tasty to me, too!

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Oh my goodness, these sound absolutely incredible! I love a good flavor blast. :-)

Mike Sidebottom said...

These are amazing, I've made this recipe probably 5 times now and love it more each time :)