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Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

If you're looking for an easy appetizer, try these cream cheese stuffed mini peppers. Similar to a jalapeño popper, these sweet mini peppers are stuffed with cream cheese, spices, green onions, cheddar cheese and bacon for a cheesy appetizer that is such a crowd-pleaser! Plus, it's ready in just under 25 minutes!
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Megan

Equipment

  • Electric mixer
  • Large bowl
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper

Ingredients

  • 12 mini sweet peppers (sliced in half length-wise, seeds and ribs removed)
  • 8 ounce cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup green onions (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or cilantro (for topping)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add softened cream cheese, minced garlic, salt and pepper. Mix with an electric hand mixer until completely smooth.
  • Stir in the cooked bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, and sliced green onions until combined.
  • Fill the cut peppers with the filling. The filling should be slightly mounded over the top of the peppers.
  • Bake at 425F for 16-18 minutes, or until the filling is hot. Remove from the oven. Top with chopped parsley or cilantro before serving if you wish.

Notes

  • Depending on the size of your mini sweet peppers, you may have some filling left over. Adjust the number of mini peppers you use as necessary. I found that I was able to get 24 pepper halves when using medium to large mini sweet peppers. 
  • Make this recipe vegetarian by omitting the bacon.
  • You can slice off the green stems if you would like. I like to keep them on for presentation, but it's up to you. 
  • Pre-cook the bacon however you would like. I typically cook my bacon in a skillet or bake my bacon in the oven
  • If you do not have fresh garlic available, you can substitute with garlic powder. I suggest 1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder.
  • This recipe can be easily halved or doubled as needed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 613IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
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