Tempura Cheese-Stuffed Chillies Recipe

Mar 1, 2013 4:01 pm

Tempura and cheese together? Count us in. Spicy!

A tempura coating provides a crunch to these chillies stuffed with cheddar cheese.
A tempura coating provides a crunch to these chillies stuffed with cheddar cheese.

We're not getting any less obsessed with great food stuffed into great food, particularly when cheese and deep-frying are involved. That's only one of many reasons we're plowing through Hardie Grant Books' new izakaya cookbook — the Japanese have truly mastered the art of the bar snack. Next up, hot red chillies stuffed with cheddar, battered and fried tempura-style.

Reprinted with permission from Izakaya: Japanese Bar Food

Servings: 4


8 long red chillies
2 3/4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons potato flour
2/3 cup iced water
oil, for frying
2 tablespoons all-purporse flour, extra
Japanese soy sauce, to serve
  1. Slice the chillies in half lengthways, keeping the stalk intact. Use a small, sharp knife to remove the seeds. Divide the cheese among the chillies and enclose. 
  2. Combine the flours in a small bowl. Add the iced water and stir until just combined but still lumpy. 
  3. Pour enough oil into a small frying pan to come 2 cm (3/4 in) up the side and place over high heat until shimmering. Working quickly, dust the chillies in the extra flour, then coat in the batter. Add to the oil and cook, turning, for 2 minutes, or until lightly golden and crisp.
  4. Drain on paper towel and serve with the soy sauce.

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Level of Difficulty: 
Prep Time: 
35 minutes
Cooking Time: 
5 minutes
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