Tapas Time with Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

by in Recipes, Shows, January 15th, 2014

piquillo peppers
Chopped Dinner ChallengeThe Chopped Dinner Challenge is a series of recipes showing you how easy it is to cook like a winning Chopped competitor. Every week, FN Dish will showcase a recipe created by Food Network Kitchens that uses at least one of the Chopped basket ingredients, plus basic grocery goods and simple staples. Consider it your very own Chopped challenge. Just take this frequent tip from the judges: Don’t forget to season!

For this week’s Chopped Dinner Challenge, the chefs of Food Network Kitchens chose to feature the basket ingredient piquillo peppers, which you’ve probably seen in jars on the supermarket shelf or in salad bars. These peppers have a pleasant sweet taste, so no heat, and even though they’re relatively small in size (the name means “little beak” in Spanish), they’re actually great for stuffing. Consider this recipe for Quinoa-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers a great tapas-style appetizer or light meal. The quinoa is packed with protein and the raw zucchini salsa is full of flavor. But best of all, the dish is simple to prepare, taking only 30 minutes.

First, before beginning the peppers, start by preparing the salsa. All you need to do is blend together zucchini, onion, jalapeno, cilantro and lime juice. Then season it with salt and pepper.

Now it’s onto stuffing the peppers. Cook the quinoa in salted boiling water, drain and toss with olive oil. Then fold in the crumbled goat cheese and raisins. Stuff each pepper with some of the mixture and place in a baking dish. Heat the peppers in the oven until the filling is just warmed through. Serve with the salsa and enjoy these Spanish-style tapas at home with your family.

Get the Recipe: Quinoa-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers

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Comments (2)

  1. M Brazier says:

    The background music on Chopped makes it almost impossible to hear what people are saying. It is extremely distracting and very annoying.

  2. someone says:

    I think they should make a halal chopped challenge,no wine, pork,alcohol or anything that has those ingredients . Also meaning they can not use liquid vanilla because it has little alcohol . Then they should have a choser challenge on chopped. That would be a real challenge.

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