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! (gluten-free)

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers- just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes for a flavorful appetizer that everyone will love! (vegetarian + gluten-free)

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.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers- just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes for a flavorful appetizer that everyone will love! (vegetarian + gluten-free)

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 (such as this one) to keep things easy.

Once the peppers are cleaned out, they get baked 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!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers- just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes for a flavorful appetizer that everyone will love! (vegetarian + gluten-free)

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!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers- just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes for a flavorful appetizer that everyone will love! (vegetarian + gluten-free)

 

Herbed Cheese Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 5

Total Time: 15

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Ingredients:

12 ounces mini sweet peppers

4 ounces herbed cheese*

Alessi’s Balsamic Reduction for drizzling

Directions:

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.

 

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