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Winner! Winner! Peppers for Dinner!

Posted on | October 6, 2015 | No Comments

The peppers were getting out of hand.  We had to switch from roasting them over the burner to putting entire cookie sheets of peppers under the broiler.

After they were scorched on top, we sealed them up in the tin foil and let them steam for 10-15 minutes until we could easily peel off the skins.  Some of them went into the freezer. But we made a lovely batch of roasted jalapeno guacamole that I served with grilled eggplant and zucchini, as well as salsa from the garden, all tucked together on hamburger buns with a slice of provolone cheese.  I called these “veggie burgers,” for which I received a lot of kickback.  Pretty explained that veggies burgers were vegetables all smushed together on a bun.  I glanced at the cut up eggplant and zucchini smushed onto a bun and covered with salsa, guacamole, and cheese.  Um,…OK, not a veggie burger?  At least the guac didn’t receive any complaint.  And veggies always go down good wrapped in bread.  With cheese.

Since the guacamole only used up 4 jalapenos (I doubled the amount since my green jalps aren’t really hot), I had to come up with some more recipes.  I also doubled the amount of jalapenos in the roasted jalapeno soup.  I just added a little more milk to cut back some of the heat.  I can’t tell if it was too hot or not since everyone in the family gobbled it up.  Because there were Hawaiian rolls with butter to eat if you finished your soup.  A spoonful of anything goes down easy with a Hawaiian roll to follow it.

The next day I managed to use red peppers, green peppers, and a Poblano in the turkey pot pie for dinner.  Plus the remaining leftover turkey my dad brought over for us last week.  (Thanks, Dad!)  And some mushrooms that were going soft.  And some celery that was getting limp.  And a dried up red onion.  Using leftovers is the miracle of pot pie.  Put a crust on it and they will eat it!

I still had hot peppers.  In desperation I cut them all in half and scraped out the seeds.  Then Little helped me stuff them with cream cheese and cheddar cheese and wrap them in bacon. We broiled them and served them as an after school snack when the rest of the kids got home.  Although there was a lively debate about whether the red jalapenos, the green jalapenos, or the Hungarian wax peppers were the hottest, there weren’t a lot of pepper poppers left over for The Other Half to sample when he got home from work.  And the bits of broiled cheese on the plate were scooped up with spoons.

So we might just use up our bumper crop of peppers after all.  Apparently my family loves peppers.  Or bread.  Or cheese.  Hard to say……

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