With a 4-ingredient herb and cheese mix, these Stuffed Sweet Peppers are a great appetizer for entertaining. Assemble them ahead and just slide them in the oven right before guests arrive for a warm, crowd-pleasing appetizer.
I'm bringing this recipe to you today (it's New Year's Eve for those of you who might be reading this from the future) because it's pretty perfect for those of us who are a bit burned out on holiday cooking. That's because, it's:
- Needs only 5 ingredients!
And here are those ingredients below. The secret really comes from Boursin cheese. Boursin is an herb and garlic cheese that basically begs to be spread over crackers and devoured, but in this case, makes a fast, easy filling for the peppers.
We add a few fresh chopped herbs and grated parmesan to boost the flavors, but truth is, you could skip all that and stuff the peppers with Boursin and people would still beg for the recipe.
Mini sweet peppers are all over my grocery store these days - sold in bags of about 20-30. They come in bright colors and are super affordable. Any peppers will work, but make sure they are sweet (though jalapeños would be great too if you like spice - just remove the seeds before you fill them).
Perfect Make Ahead Appetizer
Perhaps the greatest thing about this recipe, is that you can make the whole thing ahead. The best sort of recipe for a party, right? Combine the ingredients in a bowl, slice the peppers in half and stuff them, refrigerate for up to 3 days! When the doorbell rings, slide these in the oven, and by the time you've poured everyone a glass of wine, they will be hot and ready to serve.
More Fun Appetizer Ideas
- Cheese Pinwheels with Crispy Prosciutto
- Crispy Baked Spring Rolls
- Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Brie and Balsamic Honey
- Crispy Baked Breadsticks
- Baked Cheesy Chicken Wontons
- Butternut Squash Crostini with Red Wine Caramelized Onions
- Puff Pastry Bites with Caramelized Onions and Gouda
- Pretzel Wrapped Pigs in a Blanket
- Pimiento Cheese
Herb and Cheese Stuffed Sweet Peppers
- Mixing Bowl
- Half Sheet Pan
- 20 Mini Sweet Peppers, measuring about 2-3 inches each (look for the bagged mix of sweet peppers in the produce section)
- 1 (5.2 oz) round Boursin Cheese
- 3 oz Parmesan Cheese, grated
- 2 stalks Green Onions, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Cilantro, finely chopped
- Salsa, for serving (optional)
- Turn on the oven's broiler (if prepping right before cooking).
- Halve the sweet peppers and arrange them, cut-side up, on a greased baking sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine the Boursin, parmesan, green onions and cilantro. Stir until smooth and evenly combined (if the mixture is very hard to stir, you can add a splash of milk or water to make it easier to combine). Spoon the mixture into the sliced peppers.
- Place the pan approximately 6 inches under the broiler and broil just until golden brown and heated through, about 6 minutes.
- Serve alone or with salsa for dipping!
Molly and Clara are all over Instagram this week, so the cat demanded her 5 minutes of fame. Here she is debating whether or not she'd like to pull the blog props down and eat some of those peppers.
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