What’s not to love about eating healthy oven baked multicolored peppers on a pleasant summer evening with a good group of friends! Add a dash of Indian spices to the anti-oxidant goodness of the peppers and the heart healthy olive oil drizzled on top, and you have a winner. And then there is always the full fat cream cheese version you can make in case you like indulgence! These delicious small bite size goodies are bound to be a party hit and will leave you craving for more!!
Fat free cream cheese – 8 oz
1-2 Jalapeno peppers – finely minced
Cumin powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Bread crumb powder – 2 tbsp
Soften the cream cheese by keeping it out of the refrigerator for 30 mins before you start the filling. Add the minced Jalapeno into the softened cream cheese. Fold in the cumin and coriander powder into the cream cheese and set aside.
Slit the peppers lengthwise and de-seed them. Spoon in the spiced cream cheese into the peppers and lay them in rows on a baking sheet. Be careful to not over stuff the peppers and the cream cheese will overflow and melt when heated. Sprinkle bread crumbs generously over the prepared peppers. Drizzle olive oil over the peppers.
The tricky part is to not over cook or under cook the peppers. Start at 250 degrees for 10 mins, then move onto 300 for 10 more mins, watching very carefully so the stuffed cream cheese does not bubble up and spill over. Broil on low for about a minute at the very end. Serve warm.