Herbed Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
Herbed Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers- just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes for a flavorful appetizer that everyone will love!
Is there a more perfect finger food than stuffed mini peppers? I think not, my friends.
First of all, you can hold them by their little stems and drop them in your mouth without making a mess everywhere. Second of all, they’re just so darn cute. I mean, look at them.
The inspiration for these came from an appetizer that was served at our wedding reception several years ago. I was so excited and distracted that night that I didn’t get a chance to eat a single one but everyone raved about how delicious they were.
They were stuffed with an herbed goat cheese and topped with balsamic reduction. Just 3 simple ingredients, assuming you can find cheese with herbs already blended in. If not, it takes all of 5 minutes to chop up your favorite fresh herbs and stir them in.
The first couple of times I made these (years ago, after we got married) I used goat cheese but now that I’m avoiding dairy, I’ve found that cashew cheese makes a great substitute. Or you can also use store bought vegan cream cheese to keep things easy.
Once the peppers are cleaned out, they get baked in the oven for a quick 5 minutes, just long enough to make them slightly tender but still crisp. Then they’re stuffed with the herbed cheese and topped off with a tangy sweet balsamic reduction.
I have to confess that I’m terrible at making my own balsamic reduction. I get impatient and walk away then the next thing I know it’s hard as a rock and I have to spend the next 15 minutes scrubbing the skillet clean. With nothing to show for it!
Needless to say, I’m thankful for Alessi’s Balsamic Reduction because it saves me a lot of time and effort. I also love that it doesn’t contain any funky ingredients or preservatives. Just balsamic vinegar and cane sugar. That’s it.
They have a wide variety of flavors that you can use for all kinds of delicious recipes. You can browse and purchase them online by clicking here.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer idea then I highly recommend trying these Herbed Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers. They’re sure to be a hit. Enjoy!
Herbed Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers
Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10
Cook Time: 5
Total Time: 15
- 12 ounces mini sweet peppers
- 4 ounces herbed cheese*
- Alessi’s Balsamic Reduction for drizzling
Preheat the oven to 400°F then wash and dry the peppers. Slice each one and half and clean out the seeds.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, arrange the peppers on top and bake them in the oven for five minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, until cool enough to handle.
Spoon herbed cheese inside of each pepper then drizzle with balsamic reduction. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day prior to serving (without reduction).
*The original recipe calls for goat cheese but I prefer to use dairy-free cheese (such as cashew or vegan cream cheese) in it’s place. If you can’t find herbed cheese, you can make your own by stirring in a few tablespoons of your favorite finely chopped fresh herbs.
Did you try this recipe? Please let me know how it turned out by leaving a comment below or sharing a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #makingthymeforhealth. I love hearing your feedback!
This post was created in partnership with Alessi Foods. As always, all opinions and text are entirely my own.
I need to get that balsamic reduction! I’m the same way as you. I love the idea of it, but actually having the patience to make it is a whole different story!
I love the idea of using cashew cheese. I’m making your stuffed “ricotta” shells this week. Love that recipe! This appetizer seems perfect for Easter.
Haaaaaaail yes, there’s just something so inviting about a plate of herby stuffed peppers! I’m loving the idea of using cashew cheese to keep these beauties dairy-free – I’d definitely feel less guilty about plowing through them ;) I really must try that balsamic drizzle – I have the same issue with over-boiling my balsamic!
I looove these little popper, Sarah and just made some out of little round ones (peppadews)… I’ve yet to find Kite Hill around here.. but there’s one more store I can check and will! What a mouthwatering little treat! xo
These look so delicious! x
These are almost too cute to eat, but I’d eat every last one without blinking. Mini peppers are so fun and colorful, and that herbed goat cheese sounds like the perfect easy filling. I’m a balsamic glaze fanatic and need to give Alessi’s a try. I have some of their white balsamic and love it!
Some times simple is the best, and these look SO good. Also, I can’t believe you didn’t eat them at your wedding! I was so worried that would happen at mine, that I carved out time in the itinerary for us to eat all of the passed hors d’oeuvres before we were bombarded. Ha!
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