Sunday, October 9, 2011

Jalapenos & "Flatbread" Sandwiches

I have a secret love.  It's kind of a new thing for me.  You see, I've been a sissy all my life when it comes to hot and spicy foods.  Jalapenos are as tough as I can get, and even that's a new development.  It all started when my neighbor made stuffed jalapenos and brought them to my house.  Ever since then, I have loved, loved, loved stuffed jalapenos.  But I don't make them often.  They're really not that healthy.  However, we were having a "family fun night" last Friday to relax and enjoy each other since things have been so hectic around here lately.  Since I had just gotten jalapenos in my co-op basket the day before, guess what I made?

First you slice the jalapenos in half and scrape out the seeds.  (It's a good idea to wear gloves for this part.)  Then I fill each half of jalapeno with neufatel cheese, since it's "1/3 less fat than cream cheese".

Then I wrap each stuffed jalapeno with a slice of bacon and place it on a foil-lined cookie sheet.  You can see how concerned I am with the "fat" at this point, right?  (My neighbor actually makes hers with turkey bacon, in case you're interested in trying it.)

Bake it at 375 for about 20 minutes or so till the bacon is done and the peppers are crisp-tender and voila!  Deliciousness that explodes in your mouth.  Admit it - you're a little jealous.  These look delicious, don't they?  They were.

Since this treat was really only something that Ben and I would enjoy, I decided to try something new for dinner that the kids would like, too: flatbread sandwiches.  They sell these things at restaurants all over the place - how hard can it be?

I decided from the beginning that I wasn't going to try to recreate Middle Eastern or Mediterranean flat bread.  That seemed too much like work at 4pm on Friday afternoon.  However, I could make my usual yummy bread dough, and just roll it out flat, right?  So I did!  Then I baked it at 350 or so till it looked done.

See how thin it is?

Using my electric knife, I trimmed the ends off and cut it into sandwich sized sections.  The I sliced each section in half through the middle so I could make a sandwich out of it.

By the time I remembered to take a picture of the sandwiches, this was all that was left! 

These are definitely going on our menu again.


Becky said...

Wow, I didn't get what you were saying about the jalapenos over the phone, but now that I have seen a picture, I'm eager to try!

Laura said...

That looks really good! I must try that sometime when my brain comes back. :)