Friday, July 26, 2013

Stuffed Sweet Banana Peppers

Great things happen when Nalls Produce foodies get together for dinner.  Tonight the Mister & I dined with Miss Sue (one of our plant experts and our Education Outreach Coordinator) and her Mister, and it was a welcome chance to be on the receiving end of kitchen delights, rather than my usual post as head chef in our home.  Miss Sue whipped up an amazing fresh tomato salad with local red and yellow tomatoes topped with herbs, a fresh summer salad loaded with lots of local goodies like red bell peppers and cucumbers, herb grilled chicken, fingerling potatoes roasted with olive oil and rosemary, and fantastic local sweet corn on the cob.  It doesn't matter how long you work at Nalls or how long you've been a Crop Share member (my stats are 3 months and 10 months), you still find yourself surprised and enraptured by the local produce we get in our store.  So unlike our typical Thursday night of me cooking and blogging and the Mister conquering the world via computer games, we gathered around the table with friends who are quickly becoming more like family.  And isn't that what all of this food business is about at the end of the day?  Whether it's holiday dinners, joining a CSA, or just making pancakes on a Saturday morning, food isn't just about eating, it's about gathering together with others.  Sharing a meal can be like sharing your soul with another.  So tonight rather than spending my evening being largely in my own head, I decided to share a meal and my soul with others.  Thus this week's posts will be rather few, which just means the fewer posts you wind up reading, the more time you can spend around the table with your loved ones.

Now onto the food!

Earlier this week a customer posted on our Facebook page a great recipe she concocted using jalapenos.  While you're not receiving jalapenos this week, you are receiving sweet banana peppers (lots of them!) and they will work just as perfect for this recipe!  So enjoy this stuffed yumminess from Pam Pell's kitchen to yours...

Stuffed Sweet Banana Peppers


7 sweet banana peppers (or 12 jalapenos), sliced in half lengthwise and seeded
2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
14-24 slices of thick cut bacon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place small pieces of chicken into each cut half of peppers.  Then wrap each with thick cut bacon and secure the bacon in place with a toothpick.

Bake on a baking sheet at 400 for 40 minutes.

As Pam said, "words cannot describe the yumminess."

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