Robert Perkins and John Lancaster, the wine directors at San Francisco's Boulevard restaurant, love making this snack at backyard barbecues using all types of medium-sized peppers: As the peppers blister, the cheese mixture tucked inside turns warm and gooey.
- 1 cup ricotta cheese (8 ounces)
- 1 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 12 assorted peppers, such as Anaheim or Cubanelle peppers, baby bell peppers and small poblano chilies
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for rubbing
In a medium bowl, blend the ricotta with the cream cheese and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Season with salt and pepper.
Light a grill or heat a grill pan. Using a small, sharp knife, remove the stems from the peppers and reserve. Cut around inside the peppers to detach the membranes and remove the seeds. Using a butter knife, fill the peppers with the cheese mixture and reattach the tops. Rub the peppers with olive oil.
Grill the peppers over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until blistered all over and the cheese filling is piping hot, about 7 minutes. Transfer the peppers to plates and serve.
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