Step 1: Ingredients/supplies
-Peppers; how many and what variety is up to you, but the spicier the better. Home grown is best, but my pepper garden isn't exactly producing this time of year so unfortunately I had to go with store bought which is always a little bit watery it seems. Oh well.
-Ginger powder (home made is more flavorful/spicy, but I understand if you don't want to spend a day dehydrating and grinding a bunch of ginger)
-Chocolate for melting
-Syringe* or heavy duty piping bag and tip
*I recommend using the syringe, you can get culinary ones for $10-20 at any cooking specialty store or you can get veterinary ones at places like cal-ranch, Murdocks, or IFA for less than a dollar(just be sure to wash it well before using)
Step 2: Put It Together
Start by softening the cream cheese and then adding 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1/2 tsp cumin powder, and 1/4 tsp cayenne powder once the cream cheese is soft enough mix all of that in to a smooth consistency. Also, if you want it more or less spicy feel free to change the amount of cayanne powder you use.
Next throughly wash the peppers in warm water, they naturally have a wax on them that makes it a little hard for chocolate to stick to them, plus some producers will add wax to make them shinier (another reason to grow your own). Pat them dry and with a sharp knife cut off the tip, you don't need to remove much, just enough that you can get the syringe or piping tip in to fill it.
Fill the peppers with the cream cheese; at first it will feel like it's just going to squish out the sides but once it gets going it's a smoother process. If it does actually squish out the sides then either slice a little more off the end or use a knife to kind of whittle a little hole. Depending on the size, each pepper will hold about 1 1/2 Tbsp and I recommend filling it as much as you can because the cream cheese is so good.
Once the peppers are filled you can melt the chocolate and dip them.
If you like you can also drizzle another color of chocolate on like I did, but it really doesn't change the flavor so it's totally optional.
And that's it! Pretty easy and really tasty, you can serve them warm(not too warm) or cold and they go great as an appetizer or dessert. Thanks for reading and enjoy!
Step 3: A Few Tips for Chocolate Dipping
-If you are noticing that your chocolate is not going on smooth then heat it up a little more.
-Chill the peppers for just a few minutes before dipping them to get the cream cheese nice and solid, otherwise it may ooze out while you are dipping them (this does mean however that you will probably have to reheat your chocolate more often during the process).