The Mrs and I belong to a local swim club sponsored bowling league that meets once a month. This is a social league for drinking, eating, talking and, oh yeah, we sort of bowl while we're eating, drinking and talking. This is our 4th or 5th season in the league and we are paired with some good friends of ours from the neighborhood. Every couple brings whatever they're drinking (mostly beer and wine) plus some sort of food. Most people bring take-out or store bought food, but there are a handful that will actually cook. Everyone in the league puts their food out and it becomes a smorgasbord,
So this was my opportunity. I found Kickin Stuffed Peppers over at allrecipe.com and decided that would be a good one to try. It seemed a little plain as is, so I added some crushed garlic and some fresh thyme that I have growing out back.
Cutting and cleaning the peppers (which were jalapenos that I bought down at the local Produce Junction) was the toughest part. I had a plastic bag on my left hand for a while, but that proved too cumbersome. So I just used my bare hand and was really careful to not touch my face and eyes. I should of had the kitchen window open because I did inhale some of the vapors and could feel it a little in my chest.
Anyway, I got the stuffing made, filled the pepper halves and got them in the oven. The last pictures were rushed because our partners (who were driving) came early to pick us up and I only had enough time to yank them out of the oven, snap a shot and put them in an insulated carrier.
Also of note here is that the Mrs made a Mexican Salad because she wanted something to eat. It was actually quite good. I didn't get any pictures of it though.
When we got to the bowling alley, we were in lanes on the far side of our group. It so happened that another guy on the opposite side (we had about 40 lanes) made a stuffed jalapeno but his was with a cheese filling. The sausage and cream cheese was a surprisingly good combination for as simple as it was with just a hint of thyme. Both his and mine were the sensational appetizers of the night. I didn't take any leftovers home.
And our team won 2 out of 3 games. Probably because I didn't bowl (because of the procedure I had this week - still a little bruised) and used my average from last season.