Goat Cheese Pepper Carrots

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Celebrate Easter in an adorable way with these mini pepper “carrot patch” bites!

Filled with creamy goat cheese and topped with fresh dill “greens,” they’re a fun and festive appetizer or side dish that’s perfect for any Easter gathering.

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Carrot Shaped Mini Peppers Stuffed With Goat cheese

Craving an easy and adorable Easter appetizer that doesn’t involve hours in the kitchen? These mini pepper “carrot patch” bites are your answer!

They’re super simple to whip up: just scoop some creamy goat cheese into colorful mini peppers, add a sprig of dill for a touch of “carrot green,” and voila! Fun, festive, and perfect for any Easter gathering, these bite-sized treats are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, no matter who you’re celebrating with. So ditch the complicated recipes and get ready to impress with these adorable and delicious Easter snacks!

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How To Make Mini Pepper Carrots

First assemble the following ingredients:

  • Mini Bell Peppers (10-12) – The vibrant hue and sweet flavor of orange mini bell peppers make them the perfect canvas for creating edible “carrots.”
  • Dill fronds (1 Bunch) – Dill fronds, with their delicate texture and fresh taste, serve as the ideal green tops to complete the carrot-like appearance.
  • Cream cheese (4 oz) – Cream cheese provides a rich, creamy base for the filling, offering a smooth texture that complements the crisp pepper.
  • Sour cream (3 tablespoons) – Sour cream adds a tangy depth to the filling, enhancing the overall flavor profile with its slight acidity.
  • Chopped scallion (1) – Finely chopped scallions bring a mild, oniony crunch to the filling, adding both texture and a pop of color.
  • Dill (1 tablespoon) – Dill, with its unique aromatic flavor, infuses the filling with a hint of grassy freshness that pairs well with the other herbs.
  • Parsley (1 tablespoon) – Parsley lends a fresh, slightly peppery taste to the mixture, enhancing the herbaceous quality of the filling.
  • Garlic salt (¼ teaspoon) – A sprinkle of garlic salt enriches the filling with a savory garlic flavor, balanced by a touch of saltiness.
  • Sea salt (1/4 teaspoon) – A pinch of sea salt enhances the natural flavors of the filling ingredients, bringing out their best qualities.

Use this Method

Prep Peppers. Lay your peppers onto a cutting board and slice them parallel to the cutting board length-wise. Once your peppers are halved, remove any seeds or white ribs if you prefer.

Combine Filling. Add all filling ingredients to a bowl or mixer and mix until well blended.

Assemble. Using a spoon, neatly fill your peppers with the herb cream cheese.

Decorate. Pull off a few dill fronds and press the ends into the top of your peppers. The cream cheese filling should hold the stems in place nicely. Chill until your ready to serve! Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks For Perfect Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Choose the Right Peppers: Opt for mini sweet peppers that are elongated and have a pointed end to mimic the shape of carrots. Look for peppers with smooth, firm skins and vibrant colors.

Prepare the Goat Cheese Filling: Soften the goat cheese at room temperature to make it easier to mix and pipe. Add herbs, garlic, or spices to the goat cheese for extra flavor.

Use a Piping Bag: For a smooth and even filling, use a piping bag with a wide tip. If you don’t have a piping bag, a zip-top bag with a corner cut off works as a great alternative.

Create Carrot-like Textures: To give the peppers a carrot-like appearance, consider scoring the outside of the peppers lightly with a knife or peeler to create shallow grooves resembling those of a carrot.

Add Greenery for the Tops: Use fresh herbs like parsley or dill to mimic the green tops of carrots. Attach the herbs to the narrow end of the peppers with a small dab of cream cheese or toothpick if necessary.

Dye the Goat Cheese (Optional): For an extra touch of realism, you can mix a small amount of orange food coloring into the goat cheese to achieve a carrot-like color.

Chill Before Serving: Refrigerate the stuffed peppers for at least an hour before serving. This helps the goat cheese filling set and makes the peppers easier to handle and eat.

Serve on a Bed of Greens: Present your goat cheese-stuffed peppers on a bed of green lettuce or herbs to enhance the carrot effect and add to the visual appeal.

Experiment with Flavors: Don’t hesitate to experiment with the goat cheese filling by adding different herbs, spices, or even some finely chopped nuts for added texture and flavor.

Practice Your Presentation: Before serving at a gathering, try assembling a few test peppers to perfect your technique and presentation, ensuring they look as much like carrots as possible.

FAQs

What type of peppers should I use?

Mini sweet peppers are ideal due to their size, sweetness, and variety of colors. Choose ones that are elongated and have a pointed end to best mimic the shape of carrots.

How can I soften the goat cheese for easier filling?

Allow the goat cheese to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before mixing it. This will make it softer and easier to blend with other ingredients and pipe into the peppers.

Can I add other flavors to the goat cheese filling?

Absolutely! Feel free to mix in herbs like chives or basil, spices, minced garlic, or even a little lemon zest to add depth to the flavor of the goat cheese filling.

How do I create the carrot-like appearance on the peppers?

You can lightly score the peppers with a knife to create shallow grooves resembling those of a carrot. Be careful not to cut too deeply.

Is there a way to color the goat cheese filling to look more like carrots?

Yes, you can use a small amount of orange food coloring to tint the goat cheese. Start with a tiny amount and add more gradually until you achieve the desired color.

How do I fill the peppers without making a mess?

A piping bag with a large tip works best for cleanly filling the peppers. If you don’t have a piping bag, a plastic bag with a corner cut off can also do the trick.

How long should I chill the stuffed peppers before serving?

Chill the stuffed peppers in the refrigerator for at least one hour to help the goat cheese filling set, making them easier to handle and eat.

Can I make these in advance?

Yes, you can prepare and fill the peppers a day in advance. Just be sure to add the fresh herb “greens” shortly before serving to keep them looking fresh.

Are these goat cheese-stuffed peppers suitable for vegetarians?

Yes, this appetizer is vegetarian-friendly. Just ensure that all ingredients, including the goat cheese, meet vegetarian standards.

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What to Enjoy with Goat Cheese Carrot Peppers

Crusty Artisan Bread or Baguette Slices: The crisp exterior and soft interior of the bread provide a satisfying textural contrast to the creamy goat cheese filling.

Crisp White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio): These wines have bright acidity and citrus notes that can cut through the richness of the goat cheese, refreshing the palate between bites.

Fresh Green Salad with Light Vinaigrette: A salad dressed in a tangy vinaigrette offers a refreshing counterpoint to the stuffed peppers, balancing the meal with its crispness and acidity.

Assorted Olives and Pickled Vegetables: The briny and tangy flavors of olives and pickles complement the creamy and mild spiciness of the goat cheese-stuffed peppers, adding depth and variety to the flavor profile.

Grilled Chicken or Fish: Lean proteins like chicken or fish make for a heartier meal, offering a mild-flavored canvas that doesn’t overshadow the stuffed peppers but complements their richness instead.

Variety of Crackers and Flatbreads: These provide an additional crunchy texture and a neutral taste that pairs well with the flavorful stuffed peppers, making for easy and versatile eating.

Fresh Fruit (Grapes or Apple Slices): The natural sweetness and juiciness of fresh fruit can cleanse the palate and provide a light, refreshing contrast to the savory and creamy peppers.

Selection of Other Cheeses: Offering a variety of cheeses allows guests to explore different flavor combinations and textures, enhancing the overall tasting experience.

Honey or Fig Jam: A drizzle of honey or a dollop of fig jam adds a sweet note that complements the tangy goat cheese, creating a delightful sweet-and-savory pairing.

Roasted Nuts (Almonds or Walnuts): Nuts add a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor that pairs well with the creamy goat cheese, rounding out the array of textures and flavors in the meal.

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Goat Cheese Pepper Carrots

These carrot shaped pepper appetizers are packed with creamy goat cheese, perfect Easter treat!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword carrots, cheese stuffed, easter appetizers, peppers, spring appetizers, stuffed peppers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 109kcal
Author Courtney O’Dell
Cost $5

Ingredients

  • 10-12 Mini Bell Peppers Orange
  • 1 Bunch of dill fronds for the “carrot” leaves

Herb Cream Cheese Filling:

  • 4 oz Cream cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 finely Chopped scallion
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped dill
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ? teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Lay your peppers onto a cutting board and slice them parallel to the cutting board length-wise. This is important to do this way if you want your peppers to lay flat rather than tilted on their side.
  • Once your peppers are halved, remove any seeds or white ribs if you prefer.
  • Add all filling ingredients to a bowl or mixer and mix until well blended.
  • Using a spoon, neatly fill your peppers with the herb cream cheese.
  • Pull off a few dill fronds and press the ends into the top of your peppers. The cream cheese filling should hold the stems in place nicely.
  • Chill until your ready to serve! Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 173mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g

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Courtney loves to share great wine, good food, and loves to explore far flung places- all while masting an everyday elegant and easy style at lifestyle blog Sweet C’s Designs. Sweet C's devoted to finding the best food and drinks you'll want to make or find, around the world!

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