Stuffed Piquanté Peppers

March 6, 2011

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.

Stuffed Peppadews

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.

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  • Jamie March 6, 2011 at 10:15 am


    Your photography is really rocking, by the way!

    • Leah March 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Thanks so much! I’m slowly figuring out this camera, lol!

  • Heather @girlichef March 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Yum! I’m pretty sure I could get addicted to these far too easily. which means that I must try them. =)

  • Megan March 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Hi Leah, I’m trying to buy these peppers for a party this Friday. Where did you find them in Nashville? Thanks!

    • Leah March 28, 2011 at 10:59 am

      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!