This is another do-in-advance, easy recipe for the holidays.
Or a little something to jazz up a large family dinner.
Or a busy Christmas / New Year get together.
In the Small Events for Men Only chapter of Carmela's Entertaining with the Sopranos, there's a recipe for Stuffed Hot Cherry Peppers.
You just have to pick up a jar of hot peppers, anchovies and capers.
Easy, but a little dangerous.
Wear rubber gloves while handling the peppers.
Maybe that's why it's in the Small Events for Men Only chapter.
But, they're not the ones risking a third-degree finger burn.
Some tough guys.
Anybody who doesn't have stomach trouble can eat Hot Cherry Peppers.
I would've put this recipe in the Holidays or in either of the big family
Did I mention I have my doubts about Carmela's editor?
Carmela uses breadcrumbs "homemade from Italian bread".
Yeah, right, whatever....
The anchovies, garlic etc. can be whirred in a blender with the liquids, then
added to the crumbs.
What can I say?
It worked for me.
Stuffed Hot Cherry Peppers
Drain, reserving the liquid
32-ounce jar pickled red and green hot cherry peppers
Cut off the tops of the peppers.
With the tip of a knife, scoop out the seeds.
In a small bowl mash
2-ounce anchovy fillets, drained
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Cup plain dried bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons capers, very finely chopped
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 to 2 Tablespoons of the reserved pepper liquid
If it's dry, add more oil - or pepper liquid if your gang likes it HOT.
Stuff the peppers with the bread crumb mixture, pressing it in gently.
Refrigerate up to 5 days.
Just before serving, drizzle them with olive oil.
Would I make Stuffed Hot Cherry Peppers again?
Our crowd has enough agita.
Quite a few have to take stomach medicine.
The leftovers would just go to waste.
Another recipe down. Ten more to go.