Stuffed Pepper Appetizers. Easy, But Definitely NOT Healthy! – Recipe Tuesday

Our lovely home owner where we’re house sitting served these stuffed peppers the first night we arrived at their home. I’m not usually a fan of cream cheese in anything, so I wasn’t terribly keen on taking a bite. But when I did…wow! It was a beautiful explosion of wonderful tastes in my mouth. Sweet, salty, creamy and delicious. I couldn’t get enough! When she shared how easy the recipe was to make, I couldn’t wait to give them a try and share for Recipe Tuesday. These make great appetizers for a party, but are also hearty enough for an antipasti before a lighter dinner.

Three ingredients.

Sweet peppers – fresh from the garden or from the market, whatever looks best. Because we only had a few garden plants, we used a combination of a few green peppers from the garden and about 8 colorful banana peppers from the market.

Pancetta – If pancetta isn’t available, crumbled cooked bacon would also work well.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese (light variety). – I used the entire container for 8-10 peppers (~20 appetizers).

Cut each pepper in half. Scrape and discard seeds (be careful not to rub eyes while doing this, it stings!)

Lay the peppers on a flat, ungreased baking sheet. Brown the pancetta completely and mix in container of cream cheese. Scoop spoonfuls of the cheese/pancetta mixture tightly into each pepper.

Place tray into pre-heated oven at 150 C for 12-15 minutes or until the cream cheese starts to slightly brown. The peppers will spread out a bit. Mine weren’t terribly attractive, but the taste made up for their ugliness. 🙂 Serve warm with a glass of icy Chardonnay and you have an easy (but definitely NOT healthy) appetizer treat. Oh yeah!

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Do you make your own appetizers? Please share your favorite easy appetizer recipe, because you know we love to try them all!

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Lisa Chavis

Lisa is a traveler, photographer and pharmacist. She and her partner Cheryl MacDonald enjoy sharing inspiration and good health with fellow travelers!

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