South African Peppadew Peppers stuffed with Cream Cheese are a definite favorite appetizer of mine. It is so very easy, involves no cooking and always flies off the plate at parties. If you aren't familiar with these cute little peppers, run out and get some tonight! They are a bit sweet, have a touch of spice and when stuffed with cool cream cheese they are a wonderful treat. You can find them in most olive bars at your local grocery store and bottled in specialty markets (I've seen the bottled varity at Whole Foods). Whenever I have made these as an appetizer for parties they are always one of the first to go, so be sure to make extra- plus it is impossible not to snack on a few while you are preparing them!
Herbed Cream Cheese Stuffed South African Peppadew Peppers
1 jar or pint of Peppadew Peppers (about 30)
5-6 oz cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped (basil or chives are nice), optional
Drain the Peppadew's and set aside. Don't throw away the juices! It is a wonderful for dipping crusty bread into, so save it for later. Mix the cream cheese and herbs, reserving a bit of the fresh herbs for a garnish. Very carefully, using a small spoon, fill the peppadew peppers with the cream cheese mixture. Arrange on platter, garnish with remaining herbs and serve.
You can also use goat cheese for this appetizer, but I prefer the milder flavor of the cream cheese.