Tonight we decided to have a bonfire. We have a burn pit that was full and needed to be burned, and the temperature outside was in the 50-60 degree range. Perfect bonfire weather.
I also had scored 4 awesome New York Strip steaks from the meat sale at Foodrite, and it was time to grill. I was going to freeze a couple of the steaks but decided instead to experiment on the neighbors.
I cook for Eric all the time. Almost 6 days a week sometimes. I decided that I wanted to entertain and cook for someone else too. Eric is good about bragging about my cooking. He makes no qualms about making me think I just cooked the best meal that he ever has eaten in his whole life, almost every time. Sometimes though, I think the love could be beer induced. :)
Bring in the neighbors. Two very well traveled men. It is a bit intimidating to cook for someone who has eaten in many other countries, but I was really in a cooking mood. The menu ended up being New York Strip steaks, baked potatoes and ricotta cheese stuffed peppers. The peppers were given to me today by a friend. The are called Fiesta Bell Peppers and are similar to bell peppers, but a little smaller and spicier.
The neighbors brought some garlic bread that was awesome! It went perfect with the whole meal. I cooked the steaks medium to the neighbors' liking, and we had a nice meal and conversation.
Although the peppers were experimental, they turned out good.
Thanks to my friend Joey for bringing the peppers to me. I saved the seeds and will hopefully be growing my own next year. I know they will be wonderful in meatloaf and other dishes requiring bell peppers. They are bells just spicier, but not too spicy.
To cook the peppers, I cored them and boiled them in a pan of water for about 6-8 minutes. I then stuffed them with a mixture of ricotta, diced onion, shredded white cheese and Greek seasoning. I baked them at 400 for about 20-25 minutes. They were tasty!
Love what you eat and eat what you love! :)