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!


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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About the author

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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  • Amazing! My friend was describing the goodness of stuffed peppers the other day, and lo and behold, i come across your recipe! I must try to make it this week.

  • What a great collection of awesome appetizers! Such a great idea! We host an appetizer pajama party for NYE. Now I have a bunch of new options!. Thanks for this amazing list of appetizers! These are very unique and healthy appetizer ideas! I love the Thanksgiving Turkey Fruit Platter. I’m more of a basic kind of person and the fruit platter looks beautiful with all of the fruit colors! Thanks for including my brie and fig jam appetizers. The appetizer that most intrigues me. What a great collection of awesome appetizers!

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