I have been loving the mini sweet bell peppers lately. They are a portable, snackable veggie that are much sweeter than their larger counterparts. Plus, they are perfect for making kid-friendly (i.e. not too hot) poppers. I love jalapeno poppers, but my kids and I can’t eat the store-bought ones because they are filled with cream cheese. My husband can have dairy products and he loves goat cheese, so I came up with 2 kinds of poppers that everyone in our family can enjoy.
There are endless variations of these poppers. I made these ones with sweet peppers, but you can use hot peppers if you want some heat. Find some flavors you enjoy and throw them in! I was limited by what I had on hand, but you can add in some fresh garlic, fresh or dried herbs, pesto, Brie, Parmesan, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, or anything else you can think of.
Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers with Hummus
Follow the above recipe except use hummus (either prepared or home-made) to fill the peppers. For the ones pictured below, I used Tribe Roasted Pepper Hummus. Yummy!
We try to avoid beans for the most part since they are legumes (related to soy and peanuts), but I have a little bit now and then in treats like this : ) Wayfare Foods makes some yummy cheese-alternative dips that are gluten, soy free, and vegan. Their imitation cheese spread doesn’t have beans in it (it does contain yeast), but the WayFare imitation sour cream has beans. If you can’t have beans or hummus, you can also use some homemade cashew “cheese” or any of your favorite thick dips to fill the peppers.