Stuffed Mini Peppers Recipe

Emily Caruso | Jelly Toast Updated

Stuffed mini peppers are the perfect appetizer for your next dinner party or game day. The peppers have heat, and goat cheese makes them...

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While at the store a couple of weeks ago, I totally impulse bought a bag of the most adorable little sweet peppers. I'm not kidding, these were crazy cute. Now, I know what you might be thinking - picking produce based on it's degree of cuteness may not be wise, but I'm telling you, nothing this cute could taste bad. 
Luckily, I was right. These were sweet, crunchy and made the perfect little snack. The only problem was the fact that they came in a two pound bag, which is kind of a lot of little peppers. It would have been a shame to simply eat them straight out of the bag and not help them live up to their potential of becoming a spectacular appetizer. 
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And what could make these tiny peppers become even more spectacular? Goat cheese. And not just plain goat cheese, but goat cheese mixed with fresh herbs and topped with crunchy panko bread crumbs. Oh, yes. 
I've told you about my love of goat cheese in the past with my Asparagus and Goat Cheese Tart Recipe and like that recipe, these Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers are incredibly simple to make. Plus, by using just a few, but powerful ingredients, they pack a serious flavor punch. 
If you're a goat cheese fan as much as I am, you will also love my Beet and Goat Cheese Tart Recipe. I must have a thing for tarts, too. Maybe next time it'll be a pepper tart...
Anyway, these Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers make a great appetizer for a summer party and can be baking in the oven while you're outside grilling up the rest of your meal or mixing up a cocktail or two. Either way, they're spectacular!
So, do you love goat cheese, too? What's your favorite way to use it?

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Stuffed Mini Peppers Recipe

    25 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  • 4 teaspoons Olive Oil, divided
  • 25 Mini Bell Peppers, washed
  • 10 ounces Goat Cheese, room temperature
  • 4 ounces Fat Free Cream Cheeses, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons Chives, chopped
  • Black Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium/low heat. Add panko bread crumbs and saute until crumbs are golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  3. Slice peppers in half lengthwise, taking care to leave the stems intact whenever possible. This is purely for presentation, so if you lose a stem or two, don't worry. Remove spongy ribs and seeds. Arrange peppers on a rimmed baking sheet, drizzle with remaining 3 teaspoons (1 tablespoon) of olive oil and set aside. 
  4. In a small bowl, mix together goat cheese, cream cheese, herbs and pepper with a fork until well combined. Spoon or pipe the cheese mixture into the hollowed out peppers. Sprinkle toasted panko bread crumbs evenly over peppers and bake for 12-15 minutes or until peppers are tender and the goat cheese is warm. 

Notes

You may use any fresh herb you like in place of chives.

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Author: Emily Caruso
Recipe Yields: 25 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 whole pepper (2 halves, stuffed)
Servings Per Recipe 25

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 31
Calories 62

% Daily Value*
6%
Total Fat 4g
10%
  Saturated Fat 2g
3%
Sodium 73mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate 2g
0%
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 1g
5%
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Emily Caruso

About Emily

Emily is known for her absurdly beautiful food photography and coffee co-dependencies on her Jelly Toast Blog. On Food Fanatic, she shares a third addiction: fabulous snacks.