12 fresh jalapeno chile peppers* and/or miniature sweet peppers
1 8 ounce package reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchatel), softened
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 – 1 canned chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped*
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
1. Cut the jalapeno chile peppers or miniature sweet peppers in half lengthwise. Remove the pepper seeds and ribs. Set aside.
2. In a medium bowl stir together cream cheese, green onions, chipotle pepper, salt, and black pepper. Gently stir in the tomato.
3. To serve, spoon the cream cheese mixture into the pepper halves.
from the test kitchen
Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.