Thursday, July 15, 2010

Awesome Appetizer - Stuffed Baby Peppers

One Sunday morning, I got stuck watching the Food Network, and one of my favorite chefs Giada De Laurentiis, and she made an easy and delicious appetizer I had to try for myself. Here's the recipe:

Vegetable oil cooking spray
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 ounces thinly sliced proscuitto
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
3/4 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
garlic salt and pepper
12 (2 to 3-inch long) sweet baby peppers

Place an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with vegetable oil cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the proscuitto and cook, stirring frequently, until brown and crispy, about 5 to 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the proscuitto and drain on paper towels. Add the onion to the pan and cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine the onion, proscuitto, cheeses, and corn. Season with garlic salt and pepper, to taste.

Using a paring knife, cut 1/2-inch from the stem-end of the peppers. Remove the seeds and veins. Using a small dessert spoon, fill each pepper with the ricotta mixture. Place the filled peppers on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes until the peppers begin to soften. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes.

Arrange the peppers on a platter and serve. Perfect for a warm summer night! Enjoy!

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