Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers | Fork Knife Swoon

I have a fondness for goat cheese. That’s a polite way of saying I have an obsession that borders on madness. We always have goat cheese on hand, often more than one variety, and I start to get nervous when my supply runs low. I toss it in salads, top burgers and sandwiches with it, and often sneak it into pasta dishes. My orders at restaurants are entirely predictable if goat cheese is featured prominently on the menu.

As I began planning some south-of-the-border-inspired dishes for Cinco de Mayo, I had in mind a quick, flavorful little stuffed pepper appetizer to nibble on while sipping margaritas. Naturally, I reached for the goat cheese. Spicy, red cherry peppers stuffed with ever-so-sweet, creamy goat cheese combine to create little bites of bright flavor, and are a delicious way to kick off your next fiesta.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers | Fork Knife Swoon

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers | Fork Knife Swoon

Goat Cheese Stuffed Cherry Peppers

  • Author: Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 Appetizer Servings 1x


Creamy goat cheese and spicy cherry peppers combine for an easy and flavorful appetizer.


  • 68 fresh cherry peppers (also called pimiento or pimento peppers), halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup skim-milk ricotta cheese
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the goat cheese and the ricotta, until well combined. Season with the salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Spoon the goat cheese into the cherry peppers, mounding the cheese up a bit. Arrange the stuffed peppers onto a sheet pan and roast for 5-7 minutes, until the cheese begins to turn golden brown. Turn on the broiler, and cook for another 1-2 minutes, watching the peppers carefully so that they don’t burn, until the cheese begins to just bubble. Serve warm.


If you can find honey goat cheese, try it. The hint of sweetness adds a nice balance to the heat of the peppers. If not, plain goat cheese will still be delicious!

  • Category: Appetizer


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  1. 7.27.13
    Sandi said:

    Found this recipe on Pinterest. Looks delish! Cannot wait to try it

  2. 5.7.13

    Wowwwwwwwwwwwww… Very elegant images.. Simply amazing !!!

    • 5.8.13
      Laura said:

      Thank you, Hari! I appreciate your kind words!

  3. 5.3.13

    Goat cheese fresh out of the oven in a tasty little cherry pepper? Yum! Perfect appetizer for Cinco de Mayo!

    • 5.3.13
      Laura said:

      Thank you, Mary! I couldn’t wait until Sunday… 🙂

  4. 5.3.13

    I am obsessed with goats cheese too! What a great recipe, it looks so inviting 🙂

    • 5.3.13
      Laura said:

      Thank you Brooke! They are super yummy.

  5. 5.2.13

    Oooh I love the combo of the fluffy goat and ricotta cheese!

    • 5.2.13
      Laura said:

      Thank you! I honestly can’t get enough of it!

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