Sunday, January 6, 2013

Stuffed Peppadew Peppers

stuffed peppadew peppers vegan gluten free
Earlier today we watched the Seahawks vs. Redskins playoff game (Yayyyy, Seahawks!!!). I wanted to have some healthy snacks while watching so I made these stuffed peppadew peppers. They're sweet and savory, a little spicy, and filled with flavor. If you like pickled peppers, you'll love these. Not only do they taste good, but they're healthy, gluten-free, and vegan to boot!

My friend Sara shared this recipe for her stuffed peppadew peppers after I had them at one of our Girls Night In get-togethers. I kept finding myself going back for seconds (and thirds!). Sara's the bomb! She's a wife, mama, and health conscious fitness instructor who has a great combo of sweet and sultry in her personality. She's just a good person, and I like good people. Here we are with our other galpals having dinner during one of our GNOs (Girls Night Out). Do you see her? I totally have a big neon pink arrow pointing at her. :)

My fun and adventurous girlfriends L to R: Ashley, Hanna, La, me, Maria, Amy, and Sara
See what I mean? Sweet and sultry even in the picture! 

Speaking of sweet and sultry, have you ever had a peppadew pepper? I hadn't until Sara introduced me to them a couple Christmases ago. Peppadews are a small sweet piquante pepper that are pickled. You can sometimes find them in an olive bar if your grocery store has one like our local QFC does, or I get them jarred at Whole Foods in the pickled veggies section. In this recipe, they're stuffed with a pureed garlicky cashew mixture instead of cheese. I've stuffed them with Boursin cheese and that's good too if you're looking for a super fast snack, but I actually prefer the cashew mixture - I like the creamy nuttiness combined with the garlic and lemon inside the sweet, tart, spicy pepper. This is pretty quick to put together but plan ahead since the cashews have to soak for a few hours before making this little appetizer.

Thanks for sharing, Sara!
stuffed peppadew peppers vegan and gluten free

Stuffed Peppadew Peppers (vegan, gluten free)
Makes about 20 peppers
Printable version

1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup water
1-2 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1 jar of mild or hot peppadew peppers
Chives for garnish
jarred peppadew peppers
Soak the cashews in a cup of water for at least 4 hours.

Drain the peppers and place them on a paper towel upside down to continue draining.

Rinse and drain the cashews and add to a food processor (I use our Magic Bullet and it works great) with a 1/4 cup water and process. When it is mostly ground up, add the garlic, salt and lemon juice and more water if necessary. Process for several minutes until it is smooth and fluffy. Place mixture into a ziptop bag, cut the tip, and squeeze into the peppers that have been draining on a paper towel upside down. Plate and garnish with chopped chives.

*Update 1/7/13: Our friend La has tried these peppers stuffed with goat cheese too. Yum! I wonder if hummus might be good too?!? Ooh the possibilities! Another tip I forgot to mention before - if the cashew mixture comes out too thin, I throw in a couple tablespoons of cashews in until I get the consistency I want. They weren't soaked but it still turned out great. If it's too thick, add a little more water. 

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  1. Following via Aloha blog hop and I'm excited to try this recipe tonight! My family will love it, I'm sure!

    ~ Kate from

  2. These look yummy! Thanks so much for following me on on FB, I'm following you back now! :)


    1. Yay Chrissy! Thanks for visiting me! :) Sharon

  3. Looks delicious!! I found your blog on the Aloha Blog Hop and I'm your newest follower:) Have a good week!

    Lillies & Silk

    1. Thanks Carissa! So nice of you to come back and follow. You have a good week too. Sharon

  4. Hey girl! Congrats to the Seahawks on their win. I will be cheering them on untill they play the 49ers and then I will have to go with my home state team, you get it, right? I love this post and I love your opening photo. You did a great job. It's so bright and colorful.
    It's so nice when you get the story behind a recipe. I loved that you used one of your BFF"s recipes, and I'm sure she did as well. You look like you have an amazing group of soul sisters. I love my soul sisters and I think we as women are so lucky that we can maintain and develop such amazing friendships. I love GNO dinners because they're full of laughter and such deep-hearted conversation and can last up to 3 hours or more. My husband doesn't get how I can go to dinner with one of my girlfriends and just talk for 4 hours. He's doesn't understand what we have to talk about for 4 hours. I tell him its because women get real with one another and can talk about anything and everything. Have a great day girlfriend :) xoxo,Jackie

    1. If the Seahawks and '9ers play each other, I'm sure there will be some fun trash talking that week! LOL! Just kidding, I'm not too much of a trash talker, just in fun.I'm also not a huge fan of football, I like it fine and will watch it if I don't have anything else to do (how often does that happen?) but whenever its playoffs, we watch and especially when the Seahawks are in it.
      Thanks so much for saying that about the photo. That means so much to me because I love your pictures. Your style really appeals to me. So does your FOOD! :)
      We are the same when it's GNO as you and your friends - we can chat for hours and do. And you're right, we talk about EVERYTHING! And laugh a lot. I so appreciate those connections. And ours. :) Have a great rest of the week! xoxo, Sharon

    2. Hey Sharon! I'm not a football or watching sports sort of person either, unless it's my kids of course, and then I really get into the game. I could seriously watch both of them play for hours. I actually went to both of my daughter's dance recitals back to back because I enjoyed watching them so much! I caught the tail end of the Seahawks game as my hubby was watching it. I kept calling them Jayhawks and John had to keep reminding me that we were watching the Seahawks not the Kansas Jayhawks (see I really know my teams).

      Ok, the reason I came on here is to let you know that I'm (gulp gulp) going to whip the brownies. I hope they travel well. I will figure out how to send them today whether it be express or overnight mail? I will hit the post office and see what they recommend! Let me know when you receive them! xoxo, Jackie

    3. Ha! Jayhawks. That's cute. :)

      YAY, I'm so excited to get brownies! I will let you know when I get them. Thanks so much Jackie. xoxo, Sharon

  5. Oh I have never heard of these peppers. This looks great and is perfect for gatherings! And healthy too!

    1. Thanks Raquel! They're different than what you usually see at gatherings, and you're right, they are healthy too. Thanks for stopping by! Sharon

  6. I have only had these in restaurants! I can't wait to try them at home!!

  7. Oh my, they look amazingly good! Just pinned this, so I don't forget to make them soon! Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza - Hope to see you there again next week with more deliciousness :)

  8. Oh yummy! those sound and look delicious! I am with you, I think they would be great stuffed with any of those things! I will have to try them. :)

    1. Thanks Nancy! And congrats on the feature at Setting for Four! I love that wall and totally want to do that in our blank stairwell. Have a great day! Sharon


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