I decided to use them in a salad to be paired with pork chops marinated with pineapple and OJ. That’s when I got an idea to make up some pre-dinner drinks using the peppers as cocktail glasses. Then, after they’ve soaked up a little of the fruity flavors, I’ll chop them up and add them to the salad.
First, I picked out peppers that had nice flat bottoms and stood up well by themselves. You don’t want your yummy cocktail falling over. :)
Then I cut around the tops and twisted out the seeds. (Think stuffed peppers). Make sure all the seeds are out.
In the blender I mixed up a favorite rum punch with OJ, fresh pineapple and a tad of cherry juice. The rum is optional if you prefer a mocktail. I like Malibu Caribbean Rum in this drink.. It has a fresh coconut flavor.
Then just fill your hollowed out peppers and add a straw. You can get creative with the garnishes too.
So after our drinks were finished. I grilled the pork chops and tossed up some salad - baby lettuce mix, fresh mozzarella, pineapple, basil, and the chopped peppers which I topped with a homemade lemon basil dressing.
Superb!! I hope this inspires you to enjoy some of summer’s fresh, colorful foods.
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