Snacks for Pepper-Heads
This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors(yellow, orange,green, red,chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique,distinctively fruity flavor.
It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.
1 dozen habanero peppers, split in half with seeds and veins removed
1-8 ounce package of cream cheese, room temperature
1 pack of smoked bacon or about 1/4 pound hot cappicolla ham
1 dozen toothpicks
Slice the fresh habanero peppers in half lengthwise. Remove all the veining and seeds. Stuff with cream cheese.
Wrap with 1/2 slices of bacon or hot cappicolla and insert a toothpick to hold it together.
Roast, broil, bake, or place in toaster oven until the meat is sizzling and even a bit charred on the edges,(another indicator that they are ready to eat is that the tooth picks are burnt on the ends.) So be sure to remove the toothpicks before eating. Cool until warm to the touch and enjoy!
Recipe submitted by Chris La Plante.
Caution! Wear gloves while preparing and wash hands afterwards. Do NOT touch eyes or other sensitive body parts until hands are washed thoroughly.