I realize that St. Patrick’s Day hasn’t even occurred yet but I can’t help but want to jump straight to Easter! When I think of Easter I think of brunch and mimosas and my last chance to gorge before swimsuit season gets here. In other words, all my favorite things.
When I was living closer to home, I loved making fun and exciting things for Easter Sunday. I was going to college at the time so the only time I had to cook was when I was back home. I used these brunches to experiment on new recipes I saw on TV (Pinterest wasn’t a thing yet) and flex my culinary muscles, as I would say. A lot of these experiments are still my favorites today so keep a look out during this month and next month for some of my Easter favorites. I can’t wait to share them with you!
Today’s recipe isn’t one that I served during Easters-past, but it is a favorite at my house parties of the present and I think it would also work so perfectly for Easter because of the fresh flavors and gorgeous colors! Say hello to Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers!
I served these stuffed sweet peppers for the first time during a cookie exchange years ago and it was a hit! It’s now a staple appetizer of mine for when we entertain. Every time I make them, people ask me for the recipe. They’re really that good. I particularly love the sweet heat in the pickled peppers that pairs perfectly with the creamy goat cheese. It’s so amazing.
These peppers aren’t your average pepper – no, no, no. They’re called peppadew peppers and they come pickled in a jar or in your grocery deli (that’s where I found mine). They taste a little like a banana pepper with a little more bite to them due to the thicker skin. They come whole so they are perfect for stuffing with amazing meats and cheeses.
Aside from the perfect size and flavor of these goat cheese stuffed peppers, another great thing about this recipe is that it requires no cooking whatsoever. NONE! All you’re doing is mixing the goat cheese with garlic, fresh basil, heavy cream, salt, and pepper and piping into each individual pepper. That’s it! Can you believe that such an easy recipe can pack such a punch of flavor?!
This is such a refreshing, fuss-free recipe, which is why I think it’s perfect for your Easter/Mother’s Day brunches this spring. And there’s no need to worry about keeping these cold or hot – they’re perfect at room temperature when serving. But you will need to make sure you have enough for everyone because these babies will go fast!
Before you get going on these stuffed peppers, check out my tips below to make sure they come out perfectly:
- As I mentioned above, the peppers used in this recipe are pickled peppadews so do NOT use fresh peppers for this since they will be too big and too crunchy. I found the peppadews in the deli section of the grocery store (near the hummus). They did not have them at Walmart when I checked so a specialty food store will be your best bet for find these peppers. Amazon also sells them here. If you buy them there, you’ll need a couple jars of them for this recipe.
- You’ll need to let the goat cheese sit at room temperature for an hour or so to let it soften up. If it’s too hard, (1) you won’t be able to mix in the basil and garlic and (2) you won’t be able to pipe it into the peppers because it will be too hard to push through the piping bag.
- And speaking of goat cheese…make sure you use the log of goat cheese, NOT the crumbles. The crumbles aren’t creamy so it won’t work as well as the creamy log of goat cheese does.
- The consistency of the goat cheese mixture needs to be similar to buttercream frosting. That way, we can easily pipe it into the peppers. The first time I made this, the mixture was too thick, which made it impossible to squeeze through the little piping tip. So make sure to add enough milk/cream to the mixture to smooth it out even more.
- And last but not least…as I mentioned above, we are piping the goat cheese into the peppers. I’ve done it with two different tips before: round tip and star tip. You can use either. If it’s your first time, use the round tip – it’s less fancy but easier to use.
That’s all there is to it, folks! Try this recipe out during all your brunches this spring. Everyone is gonna love you for it!
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