freeze stuffed jalapenos?

flatlander2September 18, 2007

I usually stuff them with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, herbs, etc- I was wondering if I could freeze the whole thing for grilling later? I wasn't sure how the cream cheese would hold up, and how the thawed peppers would hold up on the grill?

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david52_gw

I'd sure try an experiment first, before doing a whole bunch. If the peppers are blanched first, that may help. We routinely freeze roasted chili. I dunno how the cheese would react, they vary.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 9:37PM
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SuzyQ2(MNz4)

I've done it. They worked fine on the grill. I did try to bread them and that was a bit more challenging.

    Bookmark   September 18, 2007 at 10:24PM
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John__ShowMe__USA(5/6)

I've always cooked them first (see link below) and then froze. Ricos condensed cheese sauce freezes with little or no separation. This cheese is what venders use for nachos and is a real bargain. I've tried other brands and also the uncondensed Ricos and they separated.

jt

Here is a link that might be useful: chile grill

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 10:45AM
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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

I'm flying on faith here.
I mixed cream cheese and Habanero Gold (mine is called Jalapeno Heaven....no Habs for me!) together and piped into cored jalapenos, then froze. Hopefully they will ohold up and taste good!

I haven't taken any out of the freezer yet........

Deanna

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 11:40AM
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John__ShowMe__USA(5/6)

Deanna,

I'm sure they will be just fine. If they were bell peppers I would be a little concerned.

The metal Cajon Injector is what I use for jals. Remove the needle assembly and you get a 5/16" opening. Just barely adequate & could be a lot better.

My last batch is so hot that I can't eat but one or two at a sitting.

jt

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 12:14PM
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readinglady(z8 OR)

I don't know if Linda Lou ever posted this one here, but I know she posted it on Recipelink.com. This might answer the question. It sounds awfully good and there are directions for freezing. Too bad my peppers this year are so crummy. Last year I got gorgeous red corked ones.

Jalapeno Poppers with Pepper Jack

12 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
25 jalapeno peppers, seeded, cut in half
1 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups dried packaged breadcrumbs
Oil for deep frying

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and pepper jack cheese; blend well.
In a pot of barely simmering water, blanch the pepper halves for 2 minutes, drain and dry thoroughly with paper towels.

Spoon the cream cheese mixture into jalapeno pepper halves

Place milk and flour into two separate shallow bowls. Dip the stuffed jalapenos first into the milk then into the flour, making sure they are thoroughly coated. Place the coated jalapenos on wire racks and let dry for about 10 minutes.

Dip the jalapenos in milk again and then roll them in breadcrumbs to coat. Let coated peppers dry, repeating the dipping in milk and rolling in breadcrumbs if necessary.

In large skillet, heat the oil to 365 degrees F. Deep fry the filled and coated jalapeno peppers 2 to 3 minutes each, until golden brown. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.

To freeze, DO NOT FRY PEPPERS. Place on cookie sheet and freeze until hard, then package in single layer in plastic freezer containers.

To eat, place on cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 20-23 minutes until hot all the way through, golden brown, and crisp.

Makes 25 appetizers

Posted by Linda Lou; re-posted by Carol

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 1:28PM
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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

I mixed my cream cheese and Hab Gold and put into a ziploc, cut off one small corner, then piped it in. Worked pretty good. The extra, I left in the fridge for a bit until more jals were appropriately sized.

Pipes onto crackers pretty good too! LOL

jt:
What do you think about a quick broil right from the freezer? I am worried about all the cheese bubbling out. Not sure how I'm going to get the peppers nicely roasted without losing their stuffing! I don't necessarily care to bread them, but maybe that would help keep the cheese in??!?!?

Deanna

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 2:57PM
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SuzyQ2(MNz4)

I'm pretty sure I picked these tips up from the forum (because I wouldn't have thought of it on my own). I did quite a few gallon bags a couple of seasons ago when my pepper plants exploded with bounty.

I froze mine without breading. The cream cheese holds up fine. I actually pulled out some from 2 seasons ago and they were same as the day they were frozen. I cut the tops off, scooped out the seeds & stuffed. I only cut the really small ones down the side.

I was told breading was easier after freezing, but I haven't had much luck with it not sliding off.

For grilling (again, I'm sure I got this from someone here), stand the peppers tip end down in foil. Or in the oven put them end up in a dish with high sides. This holds in all of the stuffing in nicely.

Why concerns with freezing green peppers?

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 3:44PM
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John__ShowMe__USA(5/6)

I'm really anxious to try the breading. Thanks Carol/Linda Lou! One of the tricks I use for making breading stick on fish filets etc is to dredge with flour and put in the fridge for 30 min or longer before dipping in the egg wash and then breading mix.

Deanna,

Don't know abt the broil straight from freezer. I would probably bake for a time and finish up with the broil to brown the tops.

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 4:27PM
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flatlander2

Thanks for all the responses. I think I'll try a batch stuffed with herb cream cheese and freeze them. I made some fresh last night, and grilled them with one of those holders for the grill- works great! One out of the whole batch was super hot. The rest were just right. I'm curious as to which have more heat- young green ones, mature green ones with the little lines all over (I thought those were hottest), or when they turn red (I know their sweeter, but hotter?). I tried to sample pieces of each stage, but it seemed to vary. They SHOULD be all the same variety.
Also I had some biker billy's for the first time this year- haven't used them yet, so I'm yet to find out the heat in those.

I'm also interested in that condensed cheese- I'll have to look at the store

    Bookmark   September 19, 2007 at 7:49PM
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SuzyQ2(MNz4)

It's the smooth skin of the peppers that makes them hard to bread. I've tried a few different ways (egg, flour, milk & honey), and it slides off every time. A few places I've read say that the peppers should be skinned before stuffing & freezing. I'm not sure what the secret is.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 1:19AM
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John__ShowMe__USA(5/6)

Carol writes: >Dip the stuffed jalapenos first into the milk then into the flour, making sure they are thoroughly coated. Place the coated jalapenos on wire racks and let dry for about 10 minutes.

suzyq2,

The above step should solve your problem. I do similar except put in the fridge for 30 min or so.

flatlander2,

Pods get hotter as they mature to final ripe color. The little white lines (corking) are very desireable in Mexico, but not so much in the USA because don't look as pretty. The hotter (and better) varieties are ones that usually cork. My Biker Billy cork. What throws off comparing is that individual pods on the same plant, on the same branch and seemingly the same stage of maturity can be very different in heat levels.

jt

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 8:27AM
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korney19(z6a Buffalo, NY)

I don't remember where but I actually saw a rack online that held stuffed jalapenos upright for grilling them... kinda like an egg rack with smaller holes and made of metal.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 5:14PM
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lynn_1965

this might keep the filling in the jalapeno. might also work in the oven

kathy

Here is a link that might be useful: cabelas hot pepper roaster

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 5:47PM
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korney19(z6a Buffalo, NY)

That's it! But they are expensive... I'll try making one.

    Bookmark   September 20, 2007 at 6:26PM
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dgkritch(Z8 OR)

I just used my muffin tin to hold the jals while stuffing. Pop 2 or 3 in each cavity and they stand up! Should work for baking too.

Deanna

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 12:14PM
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korney19(z6a Buffalo, NY)

Hahahaha! That's an idea! I have the 24-count mini-muffin pan! That should be enough poppers for me...

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 10:26PM
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