Florentine Stuffed Baby Peppers

It looks especially nice to leave the stems on when you halve the baby peppers. Other greens may be used in place of the spinach; just be sure to cook them until they are tender.

Servings: 6-8

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 3 5-ounce containers baby spinach
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup shredded Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1 pound mixed sweet mini peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400┬░F.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add the garlic, onion and dried basil; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 7-8 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted and very tender, 7-8 minutes. Remove from the heat a and stir in the breadcrumbs, Asiago cheese, Romano cheese, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper.
  3. Toss the pepper halves with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Place the peppers, cut side up on a shallow baking sheet. Divide the spinach mixture among the pepper halves. Bake in the center of the oven until the peppers are tender and the cheese has melted, 14-15 minutes. Serve hot or room temperature.