Friday, December 17, 2010

Red Peppers Stuffed with Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

We had these for Thanksgiving.  I had seen a recipe for red peppers stuffed with rice and I thought that maybe this would work with mashed potatoes instead!  It was a huge hit and the second time we made them.  Definitely a keeper.
Red Peppers Stuffed with Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
4  red peppers; halved from top to bottom and seeds removed
4 medium potatoes; peeled and cubed
1 tablespoons salt
2 garlic cloves; finely minced
1/4 cup onion; chopped
3 tablespoons butter; room temperature
1/3 cup cream cheese; room temperature
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 cup cheddar cheese; shredded plus 1/4 cup for topping
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt; or to taste

1.  Place peeled and cubed potatoes in large pot filled with cold water.  Add 1 tablespoon salt.  Add chopped onion and garlic.  Bring to boil over medium heat until potatoes are fork tender. Drain through a fine strainer so you do not loose the garlic.

2.  Add potatoes, onions, and garlic to large bowl.  Add the butter, cream cheese, heavy cream, cheddar cheese, white pepper, and salt to taste.  With a potato masher mash the mixture thoroughly until the consistency you want. 

3.  Divide the mashed potatoes among the four red peppers.  Top with the 1/4 cup remaining cheddar cheese.  Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes until cheese is melted and peppers are soft.

You can certainly add/remove any ingredients.  Any of your favorite add-ins for mashed potatoes would work.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!

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