Zucchini Cream Cheese Mini Stuffed Peppers
Delicious cream cheese and sweet vegetables are the perfect filling for this mini stuffed bell pepper recipe. A quick and colourful vegetarian appetizer or side dish that’s gluten-free too!
Hey there! Today, I have a quick and easy recipe for Zucchini Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers.
What’s in these mini stuffed peppers?
- The most important ingredient in any stuffed peppers are the peppers.I used an assortment of baby bell peppers, a colourful mixture of yellow, orange, and red ones.
- They are sweet and mild in flavour (red being the sweetest). Also, once halved and seeded, they are like tiny boats ready to be filled with delicious filling and baked until they are tender yet still sturdy enough to hold the filling.
- The filling is so simple yet it’s full of flavour.
- It’s base is plain cream cheese, which is soft, creamy (especially when warmed) and mild in cheese flavour. It’s combined with diced zucchini and sweet onion, which adds a pleasant vegetable sweetness and additional texture.
- It’s enhanced through a few choice spices, which includes garlic powder, which has a garlicky, slightly sweet flavour that’s not overpowering as well as dried oregano, which has warm, slightly bitter, and aromatic properties.
- It’s also combined together with the ever popular, salt and pepper (I always go for sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper), which makes (almost) everything taste so much better.
- Then there’s the finishing touches:
- Crunchy walnuts that gives this appetizer additional crunch and sweet nutty notes and a small amount of fresh basil, which has an assertive pungent and sweet smell and peppery taste.
How to make these cream cheese stuffed peppers?
Slice ten baby bell peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds.Full ingredients and instructions listed in the recipe card down below.
In a bowl, combine together the filling ingredients: cream cheese, zucchini, onions, and herbs and spices.
Fill each bell pepper half and place them cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes.
Then garnish with chopped walnuts and fresh basil. Enjoy as an appetizer or as a side dish!
These tasty bites are:
- Savoury and delicious: It’s full of tasty summer vegetables and cream cheese.
- Full of pleasing textures: Warm creamy cream cheese, tender zucchini and onions, and crunchy walnuts all in a tender, yet firm, baby pepper.
- Easy to assemble: No special equipment such as a food processor or stand mixer needed.
- Great to make ahead: You can make these stuffed peppers a few hours in advance and bake just prior to serving.
- Easy to adapt: Switch out or add ingredients of your choosing.
- Perfect as an appetizer or as a side dish: This recipe makes twenty delicious small stuffed peppers so it can serve quite a few people, especially as side dish. It’s easy to scale up or down to suit your needs.
- Vegetarian and gluten-free.
Looking for more recipes using bell peppers?
- Cilantro Lime Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
- Roasted Vegetable Orzo Pasta Salad
- Zucchini Gratin with Gruyere and Panko Breadcrumbs
- Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad with Italian Vinaigrette
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- 10 baby bell peppers, cut lengthwise and seeded
- 8 oz (250 g) plain cream cheese, softened
- 1 medium zucchini (about 2 cups), diced
- ½ sweet onion (¾ cup), diced
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, fold together the cream cheese, zucchini, garlic powder, dried oregano, and salt and pepper until the ingredients are well distributed.
- Using a spoon, fill each pepper half with even amounts of the cream cheese mixture until the mixture is used up.
- Place each stuffed pepper on a baking sheet (filled-side up) and bake for 15-18 minutes, until the peppers are softened.
- Garnish with walnuts and basil. Best served immediately (warm).
- Nutritional information represents one serving (one stuffed mini pepper) for a total of 20 servings.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 71 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 12mg Sodium: 53mg Carbohydrates: 6g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 3g Protein: 2g