Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Potato-Stuffed Grilled Bell Peppers and My Technology Catastrophe

Summertime and potato salad seem to go hand and hand. Ever since I can remember, potato salad has been a big part of our summer table. Not just any potato salad but my mom's potato salad! She could whip her salad up in a heartbeat!  However, the potato salad I'm writing about today is not my mothers potato salad and is not so basic. It takes a bit more time and is definitely worth it!
This recipe has been adapted from Southern Living Magazine and has become part of my summer table. I've been making it for several years now and it always generates plenty of ooh's and aah's! Most importantly it is delicious!
Potato salad stuffed red bell peppers....Yum!

Potato-Stuffed Grilled Bell Peppers
adapted from Southern Living Magazine


  • large baking potatoes (about 3 1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • large red bell peppers
  • (16-ounce) container sour cream
  • 3/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese 
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika  

  • Preparation
  • Pierce each potato 3 to 4 times with a fork, and place directly on oven rack.
  • Bake at 450° for 1 hour and 30 minutes. Let cool slightly, about 15 minutes.
  • Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise, cutting through stems and keeping intact. Remove and discard seeds and membranes; rinse and pat dry. Set aside.
  • Cut baked potatoes in half. Scoop out pulp into a large bowl, discarding shells. Add sour cream and next 6 ingredients to pulp, blending well with a fork or potato masher.
  • Spoon potato mixture evenly into bell pepper halves. Sprinkle with paprika.
  • Grill peppers, covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat (350° to 400°) 18 minutes or until peppers are blistered and potato mixture bubbles around edges. Serve immediately.

  • This was to be my post for last week when a technology catastrophe hit my house. The week started out ordinary enough. My son-in-law dropped my grandchildren off at my house to spend a few days. My 7 year old granddaughter J and her twin 3 year old brothers N and L were here at Camp Grandma. Things were going well...we were having fun! J and I went to a Tea House for a grandma/granddaughter lunch. We all hit the zoo and the Land of Make Believe, an amusement park geared towards young children. We had picnics and made ice cream...all and all a wonderful exhausting week!

Enjoying the ice cream we made!
Riding the rides at the Land of Make Believe
Excited to see all the animals at the zoo
Lunch at the tea house with grandma...such a grown up thing!
N taking part in a play at the Land of Make Believe

Then it happened, the first of my techno problems. My cell phone found it's way into my cooler bag, where ice had been melting! After spending 24 hours in a bowl of rice...it is still not working. I will be making my way to Verizon today! However, the worst was yet to come. As I was using my computer, it got "hung up" and I could not get it to shut down. I tried to force quit to no avail. I shut the computer off and when I tried to start it up again I got the dreaded blinking question mark! So I went to the Apple Store where they told me my hard drive had died! Oh no!! My computer is fairly new and I wasn't backing up...BIG mistake! Now, after a week and a new hard drive, I have my computer back. Although some of my pictures are missing, it could have been a lot worse!  A stressful week but, I'm back on the grid!


  1. Wow what a week!!! Your recipe for potato salad stuffed red bell peppers looks so good and different!! Your grandchildren are adorable!! What fun week it looks like you all had. Glad you are back up and running in the computer world!!

  2. This would be an excellent accompaniment for a pork tenderloin that i grill. I wonder if cheddar would go well with it too.
    Your grand children must love visiting you. Homemade ice cream? Wow!!

  3. Kathy-you and I must share notes on the technology part. So sorry about what happened to your cell phone, and computer. My cell phone got soaked in the rain on 4th of July when I walked to the Intracoastal to see the fireworks...like clockwork, right after the fireworks, it started to pour, and I had my cell phone in my pocket, it totally died. My computer story is too long, but it's fixed, as well.
    Your grandchildren are absolutely adorable. Your granddaughter is beaming in the photo at the tea house, looking so happy to spend time with you. You had quite a busy week!
    I love your potato salad stuffed bell peppers, such a unique and delicious side dish for the summer. Thanks so much for sharing your mom's recipe, and the fun photos...yummy ice cream too:D

  4. Diana, I have actually served these with grilled pork tenderloins. They make a great accompaniment! I have also changed the kind of cheese. I've used cheddar and gruyere. I think they taste great with any cheese.

  5. Wow, Kathy, what an adventure - but so nice that it was balanced out with lovely times, too

    I get about 15 hits a day from Russian porn sites on my blog & I don't know what to do about it - I was wondering if you were having the same problem...I'm sure they're surprised - makes me wonder if it's some kind of translation error - although I do occasionally feature tarts! LOL!

    Glad you're back up & running!

  6. I love this idea for potato salad especially when you came to the part about heating the whole thing up, oh wow- sounds so good!
    Your grandchildren are adorable and are having so much fun at Camp Grandma, the best camp in town;-)
    Good luck with your technology, a very necessary hassle to navigate from time to time!

  7. I am so sorry that you have had technology woes, Kathy, but it looks like you had a wonderful time with your grandchildren. I also make my mom's potato salad all summer long, but love this idea of stuffing the peppers with it. It is such a pretty presentation! Hope this week is turning out better for you!

  8. Oh no! I'm so sorry about your hard drive- that is so stressful but I'm glad they were able to save most things! It looks like you and your grandchildren had a wonderful time (I love the tea time with your granddaughter) and your potato salad looks SO good! I'm bookmarking this to make the next time I need to bring something for a cook out!! Gouda and sour cream? Yum!!

  9. I can relate, I once forgot the cell phone in a pant pocket and it went through the whole cycle in the washing machine! I love this potato stuffed pepper! Especially with Gouda, one of my favorite cheeses, I was just thinking this morning of making something with some peppers and potato. Your grandkids look just adorable!

  10. Sorry to hear about all your technology woes, Kathy. Hopefully, they are over. Chief counselor at Camp Grandma is a much better thing to spend time on. Your grandchildren are so cute! Peppers stuffed with potato salad is downright brilliant! I can't wait to try it.

  11. The peppers look fantastic! My friend has been making a ton of stuff from Southern Living recently. I'll have to look into it!

  12. mmm... I was actually thinking about stuffed peppers for dinner tonight, but i've never tried them with potato salad before. looks like you had a nice week with your little visitors!