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Shrimp-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

I created this dish for my mother when she moved back to our hometown. Since she really enjoys shrimp and slightly spicy food, I decided to create a shrimp-stuffed poblanos to surprise her. She was delighted.—Tina Garcia-Ortiz, Tampa, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 large poblano peppers
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 pound chopped cooked peeled shrimp
  • 1-3/4 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried cilantro flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • TOPPING:
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

  • Cut peppers in half lengthwise and discard seeds. Place peppers, cut side down, in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Brush with 1 tablespoon butter; sprinkle with pepper and salt. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion and celery in remaining butter until tender. Stir in cream cheese until melted. Add the shrimp, cheese blend, rice, lemon juice and seasonings; heat through. Spoon into pepper halves.
  • Place in an ungreased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle over peppers. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10-15 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 stuffed pepper half: 361 calories, 21g fat (13g saturated fat), 153mg cholesterol, 541mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.

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