Roasted sweet peppers, stuffed with cream cheese and spinach. This has a nice balance between sweet, creamy and peppery, while the potato adds a bit of heart!

Ingredients:

  • 3 sweet peppers
  • 250 g spinach
  • 1 large potato (I used Maris Piper)
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 70 g of cream cheese
  • 50 g cheese (used mozzarella and parmesan – but your favourite will work too!) plus a little extra to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • ~1 tbsp of herbs (I used 1/3 basil, 1/3 oregano, 1/3 mixed herbs – 1 tsp of each)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of chilli powder
  • salt & (a generous amount of) pepper

Method:

  1. Set the oven to 190C (375F, GM 5).
  2. Sweet off the spinach. In a pan add a little knob of butter and about a tbsp of water 2017-07-21 15.14.11add the spinach and pop the lid on. Over a medium heat, cook until they start to reduce – stir every now and again. As soon as they have completely wilted take of the heat.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the wilted spinach – this is where all the ingredients for the filling will be added.
  4. Peel and dice the potato – and using the same pan – in salted water, boil until tender. Mash and add to the spinach.
  5. Finely dice an onion and chop the garlic and add them to the spinach.2017-07-21 15.48.35
  6. Then add the cream cheese, cheese, mayo, herbs, nutmeg, chilli (if using), and season with salt and pepper. Check the flavour – and add more seasoning if needed!
  7. Cut the peppers down the crease into individual ‘bots’. Most of my peppers divided into 3 – but one was into 4.2017-07-21-15-25-14.jpg
  8. Blanch the pepper for 3-5 minutes (for firmer-softer peppers) then dry – they are ready to be stuffed and then go in the oven. I used the same pan/water as before.
  9. Stuff each one with about a heaped dessert-spoon of the filling and sprinkle a little grated cheese on top.
  10. Roast for 25-30 minutes – until the cheese starts to brown.2017-07-21 16.47.41.jpg

I think this could be done with a lot of different flavourings:

  • substitute the sweet peppers for
  • adding chorizo, or similar
  • using 2-3 tsp of pesto to flavour the mix
  • with blue cheese, or goats cheese, and chopped walnuts
  • using brie, bacon, and cranberry sauce.
  • with paneer and curry spices (like a kind of sag-aloo-paneer)
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