Mac 'n' Cheese Jalapeo Poppers

Aired September 28, 2009

Serves Serves 4 to 6 as a snack

16 jalapeo peppers
1/2 pounds ditalini pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk
1 1/4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1/4 cup breadcrumbs or crushed saltine crackers




Preheat oven to 425F.



Working lengthwise, slice off the top quarter of each jalapeo. Using a small spoon, scrape the seeds and ribs out of each jalapeo. Finely chop the tops.



Place a large pot of water over high heat to boil. When the water reaches a bubble, salt it well and drop the pasta. Cook to al dente.



While the pasta is cooking, place a medium pot over medium heat with the butter. Add the chopped pepper tops to the butter and soften, 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the peppers and cook 1 minute more. Whisk the chicken stock and milk into the mixture and bring up to a bubble. Stir in the mustard, season the sauce with salt and pepper and simmer until thickened, 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the stove and stir in 1 cup of the cheese until melted. Add the pasta to the cheese sauce and stir to combine.



Mound up spoonfuls of the mac n cheese in the peppers. Sprinkle them remaining cheese and breadcrumbs, and bake until the tops are golden brown and peppers are tender, about 15 minutes.







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