NOTES FROM: Chef Jeannette
Traditionally, stuffed peppers are cooked, but in my experience, many kids prefer sweet, juicy raw peppers. Serving the cheeseburger mix in a crunchy red pepper “bowl” will better preserve the appealing look of the jack- o’- lantern faces while saving you time and effort in the kitchen. If you’re serving younger children, let them finish the filling first and then slice the peppers into strips and offer a little dressing on the side for dipping.
If you prefer to soften the peppers up a bit, drop them gently into a pot of boiling, lightly salted water, and cook for 5 minutes. Drain well and cool slightly before stuffing and serving.