Potato-Stuffed Poblanos with Shrimp

potato stuffed poblanos with shrimp

I had a great childhood. We lived on the outskirts of a small Wisconsin town on twenty acres of land, which bordered hundreds of acres of land owned by friends and neighbors. The closest neighbor was half a mile away and we kids would freely ride our bikes anywhere we liked. We’d build forts in the woods, climb giant boulders and sneak into the abandoned barn and swing from the rope into a giant bale of hay. I hate to sound cliche, but it really was a much simpler, carefree time.

fruit at farmers market

My parents had a huge vegetable garden, too. They grew everything – broccoli, peas, corn, tomatoes, beans, cucumbers – you name it, they grew it. They even grew pickling cucumbers that my sisters and I were forced to pick {can you believe my rough childhood?!}. Then we’d take bushels full of them into town and sell them to a local store, who in turn would sell them to the other locals. The best part was that my parents would let us split the cash – not such a bad tradeoff after all!

kylie farmers market

I suppose this was as close as our little town ever got to a Farmers Market in those days. There really wasn’t a demand for it since, for the most part, everyone grew their own. I went back for a visit last month and was surprised to see a small yet bustling Farmers Market on Main Street. For a moment, I was sad, missing the days of our vegetable garden, riding bikes, climbing trees. But times have changed and Farmers Markets are a great way to get great produce – some more obscure that we’d likely never grow ourselves anyway – all the while supporting the local farmers while we go about our busy, fast-paced lives.

farmers market green beans

poblano peppers

katie farmers market

 

I take my girls to Farmers Markets every Saturday morning and Wednesday afternoon in the summertime. There is nothing like cooking with just-picked vegetables and fruits! I often go and buy whatever is looking especially good that day, then create a meal around that. I like that my kids know where their food comes from, the names of vegetables and fruits and, in some cases, the names of the farmers that grow them. We make it a learning experience every time we go – we even have games that we’ve made up. One of their favorites is this: I’ll name a fruit or vegetable and see who can find it first, and the winner gets to pick what we buy that day and we come up with a dish together. It’s a really fun way to teach them that cooking is fun and it also gets them to try things they might not otherwise.

kylie farmers market

Last week we bought some poblano peppers, fresh corn, tomatoes, zucchini, white onion and cilantro. I was still unsure what we were going to do with it all when I remembered I had a package of Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes in the fridge and some large shrimp in our freezer. I love those aha! moments when a recipe comes together in an instant! I halved the peppers, took the corn off the cob, diced the zucchini, tomato and onion then let the kids put it all together. It’s really a great recipe – easy to throw together and by roasting the shrimp alongside the stuffed peppers it saves a lot of time. Adding a high-quality convenience food (like the Simply Potatoes, in this case, and you could also use a good jarred salsa) is also a great way to speed things up while keeping the quality of the dish high. We made them a second time on the grill but switched out the peppers with portobello mushrooms – so good!!

roasted shrimp and stuffed poblanos

I made this recipe a third time and used some of the stuffing to make bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers & stuffed mushrooms. Delish!!

bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos

potato stuffed jalapeno poppers

Comments

  1. says

    Kristy, your girls are so cute! Love these photos of your farmer’s market trip and also the game you play with them there. It’s so important to teach kids where food comes from – it’s so weird to me that we’re so distanced from that.

    Also, the recipe looks amazing, as always.

  2. Joan Nova says

    First of all, your girls are lovely and your a good mommy to teach them healthy eating habits.

    I love this recipe, especially the idea of using mashed potatoes as the stuffing in the poblanos (and the other vegetables). Well done!

  3. says

    You have some seriously cute kids. I’ve never had a potato-stuffed poblano before, but it’s a great idea. You could also stuff them with grits, then you’d have a new take on shrimp and grits. I must confess that although I often make my own salsa, I rely on jarred most of the time. Anyway, very nice recipe and an entertaining post. Thank you.

  4. says

    You’ve reminded me of my parents big vegetable garden they always grew in Illinois. Things grow so easily there (unlike in Texas). Your daughters must have lots of fun learning about food at the farmers’ markets–what a great way to learn! And, the stuffed peppers look amazing. Love the shrimp on top, and love the idea of putting the stuffing in portobellos.

  5. says

    There is nothing better than fresh harvest and of course nothing better than the old days where kids can freely play around without us parents fearing for their safety. Oh my goodness, I love the look of those shrimp taking the center stage. Beautifully done, Kristy! :)

  6. says

    This looks absolutely delicious!!! Hmm, I wonder if it’s safe for me to try some shrimp – how I miss it.

    And your daughter’s are beautiful! You’ve inspired me to start getting to the Farmer’s Market more often – I agree, the produce always tastes so much better. Maybe I can get to one this weekend.

    Thanks as always for sharing and the delicious looking pictures! If you ever need me to sample any dishes, just let me know. :)

    xoxo

  7. says

    Aww… that`s such a fun and great thing you have going with your girls! I first learned of Farmers Markets when I got into college (which was 3 year ago!) Aha, but this dish is great!

  8. says

    Our childhoods sound so similar. Although I’m older than you and grew up in Canada rather than Wisconsin, I have memories of riding my bike all day, playing in the barn, and helping my mom in the garden.

    Your farmers’ market photos are terrific!

  9. says

    I love seeing little girls who enjoy bonding time in a Farmer’s market. They are so adorable. With the way the world is growing to be more and more gadget oriented, it is nice to go back to basics…Fun with the essentials. Family, food, nature! I am sure my little girl and my nephews (they are staying with me for the summer) will enjoy a visit to the market too. This looks like a great dish to try too. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. OrGreenic says

    Farmer’s market’s really are a great way to get perfectly fresh vegetables. This recipe sounds so good and looks amazing too!

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