Corn-stuffed peppers can be spicy or mild

08/05/2014 5:09 PM

08/05/2014 5:10 PM

When it comes to grilling, I’ll try anything. I love grilled beets, polenta and cheeses such as halloumi, along with the more conventional range of vegetables. The options for vegetarian grilling are endless.

These stuffed peppers combine two of my favorite ingredients – sweet corn and goat cheese – for a filling side dish or a light dinner with a salad.

In the summer, my dinners usually revolve around one of two produce items: tomatoes and sweet corn. When I was growing up in the Midwest, my family would scout out the best sweet corn, usually bought out of a dusty old pickup truck beside the highway. While I typically use Peaches and Cream sweet corn, any sweet, fresh variety will work well in this recipe.

Whatever you do, make sure the corn is fresh. As fresh corn sits in the store or your refrigerator, it begins to lose flavor. However, if you grill up a big batch of corn one evening, you can use it for meals throughout the week.

If goat cheese isn’t a flavor you particularly like, try cream cheese or another soft cheese instead. The cheese should be secondary to the other flavors, highlighting the smoked paprika, sweet corn and cilantro rather than overwhelming them.

Erin Alderson is a recipe developer and photographer who contributes to, a website for food and home cooking.

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