A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a local restaurant musing over the myriad choices, and I couldn’t make up my mind.
Then, I heard the man at the table next to me order jalapeño peppers stuffed with avocado.
I scanned the menu, looking for that delicious delicacy. I couldn’t find it anywhere. I looked harder But still no luck. When my server came back, I asked him. He gave me a blank look and picked up my menu to study it with me.
“That man right there just ordered them,” I insisted, using my very worst restaurant manners and pointing to indicate the man who had set my sights on these treats.
The server excused himself and went to find that table’s server.
A few minutes later, he came back, explaining they were an off-menu item that the chef could prepare for “special guests.”
I wanted to be a special guest!
It turns out that the chef was happy to make them for me, too. I’ve had jalapeños stuffed with a lot of different things, and I’d made them at home, too. However, I’d never tried avocados. The peppers were grilled to perfection, and the avocado and cheeses softened and almost melted together.
I tried to recreate them at home, and they were just as delicious as they were that day in the restaurant. I’ll definitely be adding these as appetizers before any porch party I throw.
Avocado Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers
24 jalapeño peppers
4 large avocados
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
salt and pepper, to taste
Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise and carefully remove seeds and pith.
Peel avocados and remove flesh. Dice.
In a small bowl, gently toss avocado with cheeses, salt and pepper.
Spoon about 1 tablespoon into each pepper, pressing gently into pepper.
Prepare grill to medium heat. Place peppers on the grill, and cook until cheese is melting and starting to bubble.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 172, Calories from Fat: 138, Fat: 15 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 873 mg, Potassium: 415 mg, Carbohydrates: 8 g, Fiber: 6 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 3 g.
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