What’s a piquanté pepper you ask? Only the most delicious, bite-sized pepper out there. I first had one at Rumba here in Nashville and fell in love instantly. These Stuffed Piquanté Peppers are tiny bites of heaven. It’s a South African pepper that is mild, sweet, tangy, and just a smidgen of heat. Add cream cheese and goat cheese in the mix and it’s sensational. The perfect appetizer for popping in your mouth.
So, how’s it taste?
I couldn’t get enough of these when I first had them. At Rumba, they serve them with a sprinkling of chorizo. The flavor possibilities are endless. I’m not the only one in Nashville that loves a good piquanté pepper. Beth over at Eat. Drink. Smile. also found these gems at Rumba and recreated them on her blog. Following her lead (she brought them to a party and they were sooo good), I just had to make them. I decided to mix the goat cheese with chive and onion cream cheese. I wanted the filling to have more than goat cheese and being too lazy to chop chives, I thought the flavored cream cheese was the way to go. It turned out pretty spectacular. I used the juice from the pepper jars to thin out the filling just a tad as it was quite thick. The cool, creamy filling goes perfectly with the peppers. It’s a flavor explosion for your taste buds in one little bite!
Yield: about 50-60 appetizers depending on how many are in your jar
Stuffed Piquanté Peppers
2 jars piquanté peppers
8 oz. chive & onion cream cheese
4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
1. Drain the jars of piquanté peppers, reserving about a tablespoon of the liquid. Set aside.
2. Mix cream cheese and goat cheese together, adding a bit of the reserved piquanté pepper liquid until it reaches a smooth consistency, thin enough for stuffing.
3. Stuff each piquanté pepper with filling. Amount may vary depending on the size of the pepper.
*Note: I like to spear them with a toothpick for easy grabbing when serving, but to keep them pretty, you can omit that step.
adapted from Eat. Drink. Smile.
Your photography is really rocking, by the way!
Thanks so much! I’m slowly figuring out this camera, lol!
Yum! I’m pretty sure I could get addicted to these far too easily. which means that I must try them. =)
Hi Leah, I’m trying to buy these peppers for a party this Friday. Where did you find them in Nashville? Thanks!
Hi Megan! I bought mine at Harris Teeter. I hear that Trader Joe’s has them (and cheaper!), but I couldn’t find any there when I was looking. Enjoy!