Entertaining season is in full swing, and for this holiday season, I’ve already found my go-to savory party food: goat cheese stuffed peppers.
Those familiar with this little food blog probably know how much I enjoy sweet hors d’oeuvres, so the fact that I’ve got a sugarless appetizer already hidden up my sleeve is monumental. We have plenty of friends who don’t share my sweet tooth, so these little babies are sure to come in handy for all the house parties I’m looking to throw this year.
And as an added bonus, not only did I adore these stuffed mini peppers, but an old friend of mine did as well. This is huge considering that I don’t think either of us would have been down for this dish as little as five years ago.
We’ve both been expanding our taste palettes as we get older, and I think that really helped us enjoy the true star of this appetizer: the pleasantly fresh (yet lightly tangy!) flavor of Joan of Arc Goat® Cheese.
Because, yes, it was only five short years ago that both an old friend of mine and I would have been crazy enough to turn our noses up at delicious goat cheese and mini peppers. And even now that we know better, you still might catch one of us giving an otherwise delicious dish a skeptical side-eye. But, hey, what can I say? Old habits really do die hard.
Thankfully a little time and wisdom has made us more adventurous, because at this point, I don’t think I can imagine our holiday plans without these delicious mini peppers filled with Joan of Arc Goat Cheese.
Plus, I’m already obligated to make this again, bcecause our neighbors demanded that I whip up a batch for them.
And by “demand” I mean that I begged them to let me.
And by “begged” I mean I simply listed the ingredients and they were so totally on board with the idea that sharing these stuffed peppers with them seemed like the right thing to do.
I just love it when a plan comes together.
Notes & tips for these stuffed mini peppers
- When making this appetizer, I highly recommend using Joan of Arc brand goat cheese. It comes in a variety of flavors, and I used a combination of two – Traditional and Fine Herb. Be sure to check out the Joan of Arc Website to find out where you can buy!
- If you’re a fan of goat cheese, be sure to check out Strawberry and Goat Cheese Bruschetta.
More fun appetizer recipes
Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
Tender sweet mini peppers filled with the pleasantly fresh (yet lightly tangy!) flavor of goat cheese and drizzled with balsamic reduction.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, then set aside.
Wash and thoroughly dry mini peppers. Cut each pepper in half and cut out any flesh and seeds so that the cavities are clean. Arrange cut peppers on prepared baking sheet.
Bake peppers for 5 minutes or until slightly tender. Remove peppers from oven and let cool until easy to handle.
While peppers bake and cool, add Joan of Arc® Goat Cheese to a medium bowl and use a fork to break it apart so that it's in small crumbles.
Use a spoon to fill each cooled pepper half with goat cheese. For best presentation, avoid overfilling peppers and try to keep the rims of the peppers clean of goat cheese (see above photos for an example).
Serve stuffed peppers immediately. If desired, drizzle balsamic reduction on top or serve with balsamic reduction as a dipping sauce.