baked goat cheese stuffed pepper poppers
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Since moving to Southern California over a decade ago, I have consumed a lot of spicy peppers. I didn’t grow up eating any spicy foods back east, but here in SoCal, it is nearly impossible to resist! Now my palate is quite evolved and adapted to the spicy side of the menu, an absolute favorite of mine being any kind of stuffed peppers. I’m making stuffed pepper poppers today, stuffed with creamy cheese and topped with super crunchy breading. The secret is to skip the little breadcrumbs and use Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted! Shhh!!
Oh course, jalapenos are the most popular pepper popper, but it isn’t the only option. When it comes to making them for your family, the kiddos might want a less spicy option. Enter: mini sweet bell peppers. These vibrant, delicious little peppers are sweet and full of flavor. Plus, they are smaller and therefore bite-size and perfect for little hands!
Since these peppers are crisp and sweet, they pair quite well with a tangy cheese. Cream cheese is the traditional filling for poppers, and I’m using some today, but I whipped it with tangy goat cheese. Blend in some fresh herbs and you have a creamy filling packed with flavor.
One of the most important parts of a popper is the crispy coating or topping. I don’t fry much, ever, so I baked these poppers – healthier for the kiddos and adults alike. Since I decided not to fry, I also decided that breadcrumbs just wouldn’t be crispy enough. I want as much crunch as possible, so I opted for cereal.
Cereal is the best for creating crunchy breadings and Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted is my top favorite. This cereal offers a touch of sweetness, nuttiness and a big crunch. Pulverize the cereal in a food processor with a bit of butter, which will help the topping stick together (see above) and turn golden brown in the oven.
I’m the type of gal who will eat a bowl of cereal any time of day. It is actually one of my favorite things to grab when I am having cravings, especially sweet cravings. However, cereal is not just served up in a bowl with milk! Cereal can be used so many ways in sweet or savory dishes – as you can see today with my pepper poppers! I used Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted in this recipe, but I also use other cereals in the Honey Bunches of Oats family in my dishes like: Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds (a FAV) and Honey Bunches of Oats Gluten Free Chocolate. Did ya know they do gluten free? We are what I would call “low gluten” around my home so I am always looking for great gluten free products – this cereal does not disappoint!
So let’s start assembling! Simply cut your fresh peppers in half, lengthwise.
To the pepper cups, add your herbed cheese mixture.
Then top with your cereal crumble mixture.
Note: tiny spoons work best for these mini peppers. I borrowed some of my daughter’s play kitchen spoons, no lie!
Pop them into the oven at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes and they are done!
Find the Honey Bunches of Oats cereal collection at Walmart in the cereal and oatmeal aisle. You can also find the new Kung Fu Panda Po Power Crunch cereal in that Walmart aisle, which is my 3 year old’s absolute favorite. I was going to photograph it for you guys but he blew through it before I had the chance! See it in the aisle below. You’ll also notice new Honey Bunches of Oats Crunch O’s, which have the addition of crunchy whole grain O’s!
Baked Goat Cheese Stuffed Pepper Poppers
- 20-ish small sweet peppers and/or jalapenos, sliced lengthwise
- 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 5.5 oz goat cheese
- 10-12 springs parsley, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
- 10-12 sprigs cilantro, stems removed, leaves roughly chopped
- salt, pepper to taste
- 1 cup Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted
- 2 Tbl cold butter
- Preheat 400 degrees.
- In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, add cream cheese, goat cheese, herbs, salt and pepper. Mix on a medium speed until creamy and whipped, about 4-5 minutes.
- In a food processor, pulverize the Honey Bunch of Oats Honey Roasted until it is broken down – not to a complete powder, but very small pieces. Add butter and pulse until incorporated.
- On a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat, arrange halved peppers open side up. Fill each pepper with the cheese mixture. Top with the cereal mixture, pressing down a bit with the back of a spoon to lock it into the cheese.
- Cook at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until peppers are cooked and cereal is golden, checking at 20 minutes for doneness.
- Serve immediately.