Hot Pepper Pie
from That Old Flame of Mine
Sweet Pepper Fire Brigade Mysteries
by J.J. Cook
We were at a book event last week when a man who bought one of our books looked through the recipes in back and said, "You don't have hot pepper pie in here."
Hmm . . .
Well there aren't a lot of recipes in the back of a mystery book. That was my first thought. It's mostly the mystery.
The man, who introduced himself as an ex-fireman, said hot pepper pie was a staple at the small fire station he'd worked at in the early 1990s. It was in a small town in Mississippi where there was always a bumper crop of jalapenos.
"Hot pepper pie is easy to make and keeps well too. Put that into the recipes in the back of your new book!"
We didn't want to argue with a reader so we said thanks and wrote down the recipe.
Finely chop about six jalapenos.
Add 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Mix together with four eggs, lightly beaten.
This is for an 8 inch pie shell and top. Our firefighter friend said to pour the mixture into the pie shell, put the top on it and bake at about 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
"Cut into squares and serve hot," he recommended.
Well, we haven't tried the recipe yet but it sounds good! Maybe it will be in the back of the next Sweet Pepper book, PLAYING WITH FIRE.
writing as J.J. Cook
That Old Flame of Mine
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