For some reason or another, for the last few weeks we are into tapas food. We invited some friends to a small tapas restaurant in the city of Dundas called Liberte Tapas and Potation and we had a great lunch together. While enjoying the delicious dishes there, we remembered that years ago we also had a great experience at Tapas at Embrujo in the Danforth area of Toronto.
Our friends had never heard of Embrujo and one of them had her birthday coming, so the following week we found ourselves at Embrujo eating tapas again and enjoying a great Spanish flamenco dance show.
In both restaurants, we tried a dish that was made up of hot peppers and cheese. The combination of the spicy peppers and strong cheese flavour was amazing. Today, I’m sharing my version of this dish with you.
If jalapeno peppers are too spicy for you, replace them with any sweet peppers.
The original Spanish recipe uses Manchego cheese. If you can find it, I recommend you use it. In here, I used smoked Gouda cheese mixed with crumbled Goat cheese.
If you decide to use hot peppers, make sure to wear disposable gloves or coat your hands with oil before slicing the peppers. Wash your hands with soap and warm water; do not touch your eyes after handling the peppers.
This dish is great as an appetizer and you can make it ahead of time. Just bake it for 30 minutes before serving.
Since it is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, I’d like to wish everyone a great time with family and friends.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
- 4 large jalapeno peppers or sweet peppers
- 1 cup finely shredded Manchego or smoked Gouda cheese or replace with your favourite cheese
- ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
- A handful of fresh thyme leaves
- 1 tbsp. of lemon juice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Set your oven to 375F.
- Halve the peppers lengthwise, remove the seeds and set on a baking sheet.
- Mix the cheeses, lemon juice, thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
- Fill each pepper half with the cheese mixture.
- Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned. Optionally, you can broil it for a few minutes to brown them.
- Transfer to a serving dish. Serve while they are warm.