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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Cheese-Stuffed Grilled Peppers


Contributed by John Lancaster and Robert Perkins 

Robert Perkins and John Lancaster, the wine directors at San Francisco's Boulevard restaurant, love making this snack at backyard barbecues using all types of medium-sized peppers: As the peppers blister, the cheese mixture tucked inside turns warm and gooey. 

1 cup ricotta cheese (8 ounces/225g) 
1 cup cream cheese, at room temperature 
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 
Salt and freshly ground pepper 
4 Anaheim or Cubanelle peppers 
4 baby bell peppers 
4 small poblano chiles 
Extra-virgin olive oil, for rubbing 

In a medium bowl, blend the ricotta with the cream cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Season with salt and pepper. 
Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Using a small, sharp knife, remove the stems from the peppers and reserve. Cut around inside the peppers to detach the membranes and remove the seeds. Using a butter knife, fill the peppers with the cheese mixture and reattach the tops. Rub the peppers with olive oil. 
Grill the peppers over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until blistered all over and the cheese filling is piping hot about 7 minutes. Transfer the peppers to plates and serve. 
Make Ahead The cheese-filled peppers can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before grilling. 

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