Dana Slatkin

Grilled Goat Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

grilled jalapeno peppersOn any blazing day in summer, things can get pretty heated in my house. The kids start bickering, Mom and Dad get cranky, tempers tend to flare. It doesn’t help that the youngest of my flock likes to start his days with the sun, meaning 5:45 am, turning Mom into one exhausted crabby patty.

Occasionally there’s some heat-induced yelling and projectile objects (usually pillows), but afterwards we always have a good giggle. Which is how we all ended a recent evening when the air conditioner broke down.

I had made a batch of these and we decided to play pepper poker. That’s when you go around the table popping peppers until someone gets the one that sets their mouth on fire. It was 90 degrees indoors and we were all getting kvetchy.

My daughter was the one who bit into the lucky pepper. There was a rare moment of silence. Then her eyes bugged out and she lurched for her water glass. To her relief, the coolness of the goat cheese acted to fan the flames in her mouth. Then she gobbled up the rest of the pepper.

The funny thing was, we were laughing so hard we forgot all about the temperature. It was simply no match for the pepper.

When preparing these, be sure to wear gloves as the peppers can really irritate your eyes (hence, pepper spray). Grill them until they’re smoky and charred, or, if you don’t have access to a grill, roast them in a convection oven at 400° F for 10 minutes.

Try making a batch for a crowd and see who gets the lucky one. They’re the perfect one-two-three appetizer for the Fourth. And the best way to cool down after popping a spicy pepper? Have another.

Cooking on the Fourth? Here are some more delicious Farmgirl ideas for your menu:

Cucumber Pineapple Cilantro Cocktail

Quinoa Salad with Corn, Feta and Fresh Tomatoes

Farmgirl Blueberry Pie

Spice-Rubbed BBQ Tofu

and don’t miss these tips for summer entertaining!

Happy Fourth of July, friends!

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