Southwestern Stuffed Peppers with Cheddar — Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will come together in agreement that these lactose free Grilled Southwest flavored stuffed peppers are a new grilling favorite. The light smokiness of the charcoal really pairs well with the gooey melted Cabot Monterey Jack and pintos. You’ll love that these gluten-free beauties can be made ahead and stuffed, and then heated on the grill to serve to guests. It’s a great make-ahead entertaining recipe!
- 4 scallions, finely chopped
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 (14-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- 4 sweet bell peppers
- 4 ounces Cabot Colby Jack, Cabot Monterey Jack, Cabot Sharp Cheddar or Cabot Farmhouse Reserve Cheddar
STIR scallions, broth, quinoa, cumin and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer, medium-low, and cook, undisturbed until the broth is absorbed, the quinoa is tender and the germ has just burst, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in beans and cilantro.
CUT peppers in half lengthwise through the stem. Remove core and seeds with a pairing knife or melon baller, leaving stem intact. Place peppers cut side down in a 9 by 13 microwave safe dish. Add ½ cup water and microwave until the peppers are just starting to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain peppers and fill with the quinoa mixture. Top with cheddar.
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