Sweet and Spicy Stuffed Peppers

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: about 50 canapes
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Ingredients

Plantain Chips:

Corn oil, for frying

1 green (unripe) plantain

Fine salt

Peppers:

50 small, red sweet piquante peppers (preserved), about 1 (12-ounce) package (recommended: Peppadew), stem side removed

1 pound cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup jalapeno stuffed green olives, drained, finely chopped

1 firm ripe medium mango

1 lime, finely zested

Thinly sliced chives or baby cilantro leaves, for garnish

Directions

  1. Plantain Chips:
  2. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer reads 360 degrees F.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with paper towels. Meanwhile, peel and thinly slice plantain into approximately 50 thin rounds. Fry the plantains, in small batches, until crispy and slightly golden, about 2 to 4 minutes. (If the plantain chips are browning too quickly, reduce the oil temperature slightly.) Drain on paper towels, and season with salt. Plantain chips can be made up to 1 day in advance and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.
  4. Peppers:
  5. Drain the peppers on paper towels.
  6. Evenly mix the cream cheese with the chopped olives in a medium bowl. Transfer to a pastry bag with a plain small tip.
  7. Finley dice mango into tiny neat cubes. Stir together with lime zest and set aside.
  8. To assemble, pipe a small dot of cream cheese mixture on each plantain chip. Place a pepper half, cut side up, on top so it adheres to the chip. Fill pepper halfway with remaining cheese filling. Top with about 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon mango relish. Garnish each canape with a delicate chive piece or a baby cilantro leaf.
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