A Spicy Week Ahead! Delicious Hot And Spicy Pepper Recipes!

The following recipes are intended to showcase some unique or interesting ways to incorporate chili peppers into your cooking, but remember: scrambled eggs are just scrambled eggs…until you add the hot sauce! Happy experimenting…and don’t forget your gloves!

BAKED JALAPENO POPPERS(adapted from www.foodnetwork.com )

12 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, stems, seeds, and membranes removed

6 ounces Neufchatel cheese, softened

1 ½ cups low fat mozzarella cheese, grated

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 large eggs

2 tablespoons milk

8 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (store bought or Emeril’s recipe below)

1 cup panko bread crumbs

½ cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside. In a bowl, cream together cream cheese, mozzarella, cumin, and cayenne. In small bowl, beat eggs, milk, and 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning. Combine panko and 4 teaspoons of Creole seasoning in shallow dish suitable for dipping. In a third dish, combine flour and remaining 2 teaspoons Creole seasoning. Spread 1 tablespoon cheese mixture into middle of each jalapeno half. One at a time, dredge in flour, then dip in egg mixture, then dredge in panko mix, pressing to adhere. Place coated peppers cut side up on prepared baking sheet and bake until filling is runny and crust is golden, about 30 minutes.

Emeril’s Creole Seasoning

2 ½ tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons salt

1 tablespoon black pepper

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon dried oregano

1 tablespoon dried thyme

Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container.

PEEL AND HEAT HOT PEPPER SHRIMP (adapted from www.epicurious.com )

2 cups water

4 Scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, halved

3 green onions, coarsely chopped

3 large fresh thyme sprigs

3 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed

1 tablespoon salt

1 bay leaf

1 ½ teaspoons whole allspice

1 pound large uncooked shrimp, unpeeled

Combine water, chiles, green onions, thyme, crushed garlic, salt, bay leaf, and allspice in heavy large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat: cover and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors. Add shrimp and bring to boil. Remove pan from heat. Let stand until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Drain, discarding liquid. Serve shrimp at room temperature.

SPICY LENTIL SOUP (adapted from www.foodnetwork.com )

2 cups red lentils, picked over and rinsed

1 serrano chile pepper, chopped

1 large tomato, roughly chopped

1 (1 ½ inch) piece ginger, peeled and grated

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ teaspoon ground turmeric

Kosher salt

¼ cup fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

¼ cup low-fat Greek yogurt

Combine lentil and 7 cups warm water in large pot, cover and bring to boil. Add the chile pepper, tomato, ginger, garlic, turmeric, and 2 teaspoons salt. Partially cover and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Stir in cilantro to taste. Thin soup with water if desired and adjust seasoning. Mix yogurt with 2 teaspoons water and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Ladle soup into bowls and top with a dollop of yogurt. Garnish with cilantro if desired.

GRILLED MANGO WITH JALAPENOS (adapted from www.foodnetwork.com )

3 mangoes

Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Cayenne pepper, to taste

Extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling

1 lime, halved

½ cup Mexican crema (or 1/3 cup sour cream mixed with 2 tablespoons milk)

2 jalapeno peppers, thinly sliced

Fresh cilantro, chopped, for garnish

Preheat grill to medium. Peel mangoes and cut the flesh from the pit in large, flat slices. Season the mango slices with salt, pepper, and cayenne, and drizzle with olive oil. Turn the slices over and repeat. Grill mango slices, turning once, until well marked, 2-3 minutes total. Transfer to a platter and squeeze lime juice on top. Drizzle with the crema and top with jalapeno slices and cilantro. Serves 6-8.

BLACK BEANS HABANERO (adapted from www.habanerorecipes.blogspot.com )

4 leeks, white part only, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 cups cubed butternut squash

1 habanero, seeded, stem removed, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ cup dry sherry (NOT cooking sherry)

½ cup chicken broth

3 cups cooked black beans, drained

½ teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon dried cumin

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1 cup pine nuts

Use disposable gloves to handle the habaneros! Saute leeks, garlic, squash, and habanero in oil for 5 minutes. Add sherry and chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, or until squash is tender. Add beans, thyme, cumin, black pepper, and vinegar. Continue to simmer until beans are heated through. Stir in pine nuts and cook 1 minute longer. Makes 8 servings.

HOT PEPPER RELISH (adapted from www.epicurious.com )

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup finely chopped shallots

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 red bell peppers, finely chopped

1 fresh serrano chile, seeded and finely chopped

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

½ teaspoon sugar

Heat oil in heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Cook shallots, stirring continuously, until just softened. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add bell peppers and chile and sauté over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until peppers are softened, about 3 minutes. Add vinegar and sugar and cook, stirring, until liquid evaporates, about 2 minutes. Cool relish and season with salt and pepper to taste. Relish is delicious served over vegetables such as green beans or sautéed zucchini or over fish or chicken.


2 poblano peppers, halved and seeded

1 large tomato, cored, halved, and seeded

1 small onion, quartered

3 garlic gloves, unpeeled

4 whole wheat buns, split in half

1 large egg white, lightly beaten

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon chili powder

1 ½ pounds ground beef sirloin (preferably grass fed or Piedmontese)

Or 1 ½ pounds ground turkey

6 slices muenster cheese

Preheat broiler. Put the poblanos cut-side down on a foil-lined broiler pan. Add the tomatoes, onion and garlic and broil until charred, about 7-8 minutes. Cool slightly, then peel the garlic. Chop the garlic, onion and tomatoes. Toss in a bowl and season with salt to taste. Peel the poblanos and cut each in half. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the bun tops with egg white. Mix the oregano, cumin and chili powder and sprinkle on the bun tops. Bake buns on a cookie sheet for 5 minutes. Heat large skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat. Shape the beef or turkey into four ¾-inch thick patties. Make and indentation in the center of each patty. Cook the burgers until browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip then top each burger with some of the tomato mixture and cheese. Cover and cook 3-5 minutes. Serve on the spiced buns with the poblanos and the remaining tomato mixture.

PORK STEW WITH SWEET AND HOT PEPPERS (adapted from www.epicurious.com )

6 tablespoons olive oil

2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes

1 cup dry red wine

1 large yellow onion, finely chopped

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 tablespoon fennel seeds, toasted and crushed

1 fresh hot chile pepper (jalapeno or Serrano) chopped

1 (28-ounce) can crushed plum tomatoes with juice

2 large red bell peppers, cut into large dice

Red wine vinegar (optional)

In a skillet or large sauté pan, heat 4 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Working in batches, brown the pork on all sides, seasoning with salt and pepper as you turn the meat. Each batch should take 8-10 minutes. Remove meat with slotted spoon and transfer to tagine or Dutch oven. Deglaze the pan with about one-half the wine and pour juices over the meat.( If you haven’t deglazed before, it’s simple! Add the liquid, in this case wine, to the hot pan after browning all of the meat. Stir as the liquid begins to evaporate and scrape up the bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan during browning.) In a skillet or sauté pan, warm the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and add the onion. Saute for about 10 minutes, until very soft. Add the garlic, fennel seeds, and chile pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Add the remaining wine and the tomatoes and simmer for a few minutes to blend the flavors. Transfer the sauce to the tagine or Dutch oven along with the pork. Add the bell peppers, raise the heat to medium, and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours, until pork is meltingly tender. Adjust seasoning. Drizzle with a teaspoon or 2 of vinegar if desired. Serves 6.

JERK CHICKEN MARINADE (adapted from www.habanerorecipes,blogspot.com )

2 cups organic canola oil

2 large yellow onions, coarsely chopped

4 scallions, coarsely chopped

3 habanero or jalapeno peppers, stemmed

3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated

6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons fresh thyme, finely chopped

½ cup red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons light brown sugar

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pinch ground cloves

2 teaspoons ground allspice

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Process all ingredient in food processor until smooth. Marinate chicken pieces for 1 hour. Shake off excess marinade and grill or broil chicken. Makes about 3 cups marinade. May be refrigerated, covered, for 1 day.

THREE CHILE DRY ROASTED TOMATILLO SALSA (adapted from www.allrecipes.com)

1 pound tomatillos, unhusked

2 serrano chile peppers

2 jalapeno chile peppers

8 pequin chile peppers

4 garlic cloves

1 small onion, peeled, left whole

¼ cup chopped cilantro

Salt to taste

Place the tomatillos, chiles, garlic cloves, and onion in a dry, cast iron skillet. Toast, turning occasionally over medium-high heat until the husks of the tomatillos have blackened and their skins are translucent. The goal is to soften the tomatillos by blackening their skin without allowing them to split. Remove from the pan and allow to cool slightly. Remove the husks from the tomatillos and the stems from the peppers (use those gloves!!). Place into the bowl of a food processor with the cilantro and salt to taste. Process to desired consistency. Pour the salsa into a saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes to mellow and mix the flavors. Like the flavor of the salsa but want less heat? Cut back on the number of chiles you use and/or scrape out the seeds before preparing the salsa.

© 2011 Copyright   Allison Stuart Kaplan  www.Askinyourface.com LLC

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  1. Heavenly recipes! I don’t have time to prepare these wonderful creations, but I do eat hot, spicy foods every day–horse radish and cayenne pepper are staples for me. One of my students made me the jalapeno poppers: WOW! So good, too.

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