Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers

marinated cherry pepper recipeI adore appetizers.  Left to my own devices, I would rather eat appetizers for dinner than have a proper entree.  I just love the fact that you can have a whole lot of different flavours in one meal if you eat little bite-sized bits.  I used to host “appetizer” parties, and could practically  make myself sick tasting and nibbling the whole night through.  In a tapas restaurant, I am in heaven.  And my husband and I regularly have what we call “antipasto meals, where we gather a collection of meats, cheeses, olives, pickles and spreads and just nibble our way through the evening.  Those antipasto meals used to feature bread, but we’ve done away with that part.  And you know what?  You can fit way  more meats and cheeses and other bites in if you skip the bread!

One of our local grocery stores has a lovely selection of marinated olives and vegetables, and I’ve fallen hard and fast for the stuffed cherry peppers.  Really, how can you go wrong?  A spicy little pepper stuffed with cured meat and sharp Italian cheese?  Bring it!  I could make a meal on those alone, except for the fact that we usually have 8 other nibbly bits and I have to taste everything at least once.  Or twice.  Or three times.

Cherry Peppers Stuffed with Prosciutto and Cheese

It probably never would have occurred to me to make them myself, if I hadn’t accidentally bought hot cherry peppers at our farmer’s market.  I say accidentally, which makes me sound like way more of a space cadet than I really am.  I bought the little round peppers because they were adorable and I love getting new things at the farmer’s market.  But they weren’t marked as hot peppers and in their fresh version, I didn’t connect them with the preserved, marinated version that I buy at the grocery store.  I was chopping them up for dinner when I happened to lick my finger and WOW.  Okay, that is spicy stuff.  My kids are so not going to eat those in their salad!

So, I happened to have a bag of hot cherry peppers.  What to do, what to do?  Kind of a no-brainer, right?  A search on Google elicited a few good recipes, and I took the best of them to make my own version.  And they rocked.  They take a couple of weeks to marinate properly, but once they were ready, we celebrated by having an antipasto meal.  Mmmmmm.

Marinated Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Yield: 12 to 14 stuffed peppers

Serving Size: 2 per serving

Ingredients

  • 12 to 14 medium cherry peppers
  • 2 to 3 cups white vinegar
  • 6 or 7 slices proscuitto
  • 4 oz provolone, cubed into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • two sprigs rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 quart olive oil, preferably extra virgin

Instructions

  1. Cut the tops off the cherry peppers and remove seeds.
  2. Place hollowed-out peppers in a quart jar and add enough vinegar to cover completely. Put lid on jar and set on your counter for at least one week.
  3. After one week, drain peppers.
  4. Cut prosciutto slices in half and wrap each piece around a piece of cheese. Stuff each cherry pepper with prosciutto-wrapped cheese.
  5. Place stuffed peppers back in jar, add garlic, rosemary and bay leaf. Pour enough olive oil into jar to cover cherry peppers completely.
  6. Put lid on jar and place back on counter for at least a week. Enjoy!
  7. And don't throw that oil away, it makes a great, lightly seasoned oil for cooking.

Notes

Serves 6 to 7. Each serving has approximately 2.5 g of carbs.

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Comments

  1. wow what a great idea! Have a great weekend!!

  2. Love that picture of your stuffed cherry peppers in the jar!

  3. I see a dinner party in my future that might need these on the table. :-)

  4. Oh, this is a great idea! I almost got some hot cherry peppers at our farmer’s market last weekend but I wasn’t sure if I knew what I wanted to do with them. . .now I know!

  5. Oh wow, I would be popping those like crazy! Bad news bears!

  6. Friday night is appetizer night in our house; I love appetizers and these look so delicious. I have bought this type of appetizer before, but never thought to make them myself. Can’t wait to try these one Friday night soon!

  7. Oh man, we think alike! Antipasto meals are a once a week deal in my house. I just lay it all out on a giant bread board and everyone digs in..I even have the kids eating Gorgonzola and pate :)

  8. We eat the same way — last week we had varying combos of tapas the whole week (thanks to a great tapas cookbook from a friend).

  9. Oh my goodness these look amazing! My cousin and I have a joke that we are addicted to “foods inside of foods”! There is something about one treat tucked inside of another that just always gets me, this is exactly the kind that I love, too! YUM!

  10. I do a little something I call “lunch tapas” all the time. Except it usually involves olives & a handful of potato chips. But anyway! It would never occur to me to try to make these at home–I love this idea! And they are so pretty, too.

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