Monday, October 25, 2010

By Request: Sweet Pepper Pitas

I had requests to post this recipe weeks ago when I first tried it, but being the blog slacker I am, I'm just now getting to it! Better late than never I suppose! This is a wonderful dish that I found in an old Taste of Home Cooking for 2 magazine, the recipe only makes 2 servings, but can easily be doubled to feed more. It's simple but delicious!

Sweet Pepper Pitas

-4 ounces cream cheese
-2 tablespoons salsa
-2 pita breads (6 inches), split
-1/2 each medium green, sweet red and yellow pepper
-1/2 medium onion, halved and sliced
-2 teaspoons olive oil
-1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
-1/8 teaspoon pepper
-dash salt

1. In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in salsa. Spread inside pita halves and set aside. (I found that it's best not to be stingy with the sauce, it really makes this dish!)
2. In a nonstick skillet, saute peppers and onion in oil until tender. Add hot pepper sauce, pepper and salt. Spoon about 1/4 cup into each pita half.

This is great as a vegetarian dish as is, but for all you meat eaters, feel free to add steak or chicken into the mix as well. For my meat eating guests, I cooked up some steak strips seasoned with herb garden seasoning (by McCormick) and they seemed to love it.

The most amazing part of the meal is the sauce, and its very versatile. My favorite way to use it is on shrimp (or fish) tacos, spread the sauce on the tortilla and add cabbage, tomatoes and shrimp-I use the Gorton's shrimp poppers for a quick dinner!)- delicious! Enjoy!


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