Bacon and Goat Cheese Stuffed Sweet Pepper Poppers Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 12 mini sweet peppers (Choose a variety of colors for visual appeal)
  • 6 slices bacon (thick-cut works well)
  • 8 ounces softened goat cheese
  • ¼ cup cream cheese, softened (optional, adds extra creaminess)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley (or your favorite fresh herb)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Sweet chili sauce or other dipping sauce

Instructions:

Prep the Peppers:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  • Slice the mini peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and ribs.

Cook the Bacon:

  • Cook the bacon until crispy. You can bake it in the oven, fry it in a skillet, or use another method you prefer.
  • Drain the bacon on paper towels and let cool slightly. Crumble the bacon into small pieces.

Make the Filling:

  • In a medium bowl, combine goat cheese, cream cheese (if using), chopped red onion, parsley, garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, crumbled bacon, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined and creamy.

Stuff the Peppers:

  • Use a spoon or small scoop to fill each pepper half with the cheese mixture. Don’t overstuff, but fill them generously.

Optional Breadcrumb Topping:

  • For a crispy topping, mix together ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the stuffed peppers.

Bake:

  • Place the stuffed peppers on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the peppers are softened, the cheese is melted, and the topping (if used) is golden brown.

Serve and Enjoy:

  • Serve warm, optionally with a dipping sauce like sweet chili sauce.

Tips & Variations:

  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the filling for a kick.
  • Cheese swaps: Use feta, ricotta, or a flavored goat cheese.
  • Grill them: Instead of baking, grill stuffed peppers over medium-high heat for a smoky flavor
  • Make ahead: Prepare the stuffed peppers in advance and bake just before serving.

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