Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes Stuffed Peppers wrapped in thick cut bacon cooked until crispy and served with ranch sauce. These mashed potatoes are filled with blue cheese crumbles, chopped scallions and some cayenne pepper for a little heat than stuffed inside roasted peppers wrapped in bacon. Serve these with extra blue cheese, some hot honey butter and more green onions for a pop of colour. Serve these stuffed peppers alongside some grilled protein as a delicious side.
This is a super fun take on a loaded baked potato and a jalapeno popper. its a bit of a mash up of both with the intent to pair blue cheese with something spicy to give it a nice balance. In all honesty you don’t even taste the blue cheese, it kinda adds that yummy umami to the mashed potatoes. They really are sooo good on their own that they could be served as something extra on the side if you happen to have leftovers.
Now it’s important to blister the peppers that way you can remove the skin and they have been softened making it easier to handle. You want to be able to gently open them up, fill them with mashed potatoes and fold it back shut as best you can. The bacon helps seal the pepper so that no filling can escape and of course adds a delicious taste. I use toothpicks to keep it in place while it cooks and just remember to remove them once their ready. Another, not necessary but helpful step is to refrigerate the mashed potatoes to cool them down a bit that way they have had some time to harden and stick together better before stuffing inside the peppers.
In the recipe card I provide directions for smoking and oven baking. This recipe can be done with either cooking method as long as you can fully cook the bacon and get it crispy it doesn’t matter which method you choose. Of course its always nice to add a smoking element for extra flare and flavors.
I chose to serve this with some ranch dressing to help balance out the spiciness and i always just love having a bit of sauce to dip in. I also made a homemade Hot Honey Butter, which is just honey, butter and cayenne pepper simmered until thickened and cooled down. More recipes to come with this. Otherwise you can just warm some honey and drizzle it over top for that touch of sweet. If you love honey on pizza, you will enjoy it on this too.
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