This recipe for Cream Cheese & Ricotta Stuffed Piquante Peppers makes a sweet & spicy dish that is perfect as a part of an antipasti spread or picnic basket treat. It’s a deliciously simple recipe that’s a real crowd-pleaser.
If you’ve never heard of a Piquante pepper, now is the time to try them! These little peppers are a wonderful, sweet and spicy petite pepper that is available in many varieties from mild (my favorite) to hot which I bought once and it was too hot for me, but if you like hot and spicey – go for it. I’ve seen them in the supermarket pre-stuffed, but after sitting in the jar of oil, they really lacked taste and the creaminess they need to cut the heat and make them more enjoyable.
Making them is so easy. Just mix up the filling and either pipe or spoon in the mixture.
I do find piping the filling easier when doing larger amounts. Like with my Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppadews.
I’ve seen Piquante peppers stuffed with anything from goats cheese to feta, but I like them simple so I decided to go with simple, clean flavors so you get the full taste of the sweet heat you get from the pepper followed by the cool creaminess of the filling.
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Let's Make Cream Cheese & Ricotta Stuffed Piquante Peppers
- 25-30 jarred Piquante peppers
- 4 oz soft cream cheese room temperature
- 2 oz Ricotta cheese
- 1-2 tablespoons the oil from the jarred peppers
- salt and pepper to taste
- chopped basil
- In a bowl, combine cream cheese and Ricotta cheese, stirring until evenly incorporated.
- Add the oil from the jarred peppers as needed, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin out filling if necessary. (The filling should be the consistency of whipped cream cheese).
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Fill each Piquante with about 1/2 teaspoon of filling (depending on the size of the pepper).
- If needed, with clean hands, press the filling into the pepper with your fingers.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 hours; let come to room temperature for 15 minutes prior to serving.
- Sprinkle with chopped basil before serving.