Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers

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These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they’re a great summer appetizer!

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!Troubadour.  A poet who traveled from town to town in the Middle Ages singing his songs and poems for local royalty as well as the men and women of the town.  The troubadour tradition faded away in the 1500’s…or so we thought.  It turns out that troubadours are alive and well in upstate New York!  You see, our neighbors started a tradition years ago called Thursday Night Troubadours.  During the summer, we all gather in someone’s backyard for a little bit of merriment and general relaxation.  Drinks are BYOB, and the host usually sets out some simple appetizers.  When Thursday night rolls around, Laura and I usually grab a Bota Mini (equal to about 3 glasses of wine) and head off down the street to Troubadours!

Troubadours is meant to be a nice and easy casual event.  It’s basically a chance for neighbors to get together and chat.  The event moves around to a different house each week, and we all look forward to seeing our friends and neighbors at Troubadours.  For the record, though, we don’t arrive singing songs about chivalry and courtly love.  Although that would make for an interesting twist to next week’s Troubadours!  (I can play the washboard.  Let’s get someone else on a harmonica and perhaps a fiddle, and we can be a marching band coming right down the street.  Of course, the Troubadour host of the night might close up shop when they see that racket coming…)

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!

I love summer appetizers, and Troubadours is a great excuse to get creative and come up with fun (but easy) little bites to share with folks.  We made these Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers recently, and they were a huge hit!  (Actually, we made these stuffed piquante peppers when Laura’s parents were in town as a trial run for our next Troudabour night.)  Not familiar with stuffed piquante peppers?  They’re actually quite easy!  Most grocery stores carry jarred piquante peppers in the olive/pickle section, or you might also find them at the olive bar if your store happens to have one in it’s deli department.

Back home, I just pat the piquante peppers dry (they come packed in water) and then I mix up a fun filling to stuff inside.  This time I went with a creamy goat cheese mixed with fresh chives from our backyard.  Oh, and even though their name sounds spicy, piquante peppers are actually on the milder side.  The bright red color of these peppers contrasted with the goat cheese filling makes for a fun and attractive summer appetizer!

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!As I mentioned, Thursday Night Troubadours is a BYOB event.  The host usually sets out an ice chest, and folks bring along anything from bottled water to beer or wine.  A couple of years ago, Laura and I discovered that boxed wine is actually a great drink to bring along to Troubadours.  We grab a couple of our glasses (usually plastic ones) along with a box of wine and off we go down the street.  Bota Box is one of our favorite boxed wines, and we’ve started keeping Bota Minis around for summer festivities.  Whether it’s Troubadours, hanging out on the back deck or some other summer festivity, Bota Minis are perfect as they are compact and made primarily from paper…so no glass is involved.

Oh, and you don’t have to sacrifice on flavor if you go with boxed wine, either!  Bota Box’s Nighthawk Black Red Blend was featured by Wine Enthusiast magazine as the #1 red wine in their Top 100 Best Buys of 2016.  Bota Box’s various wines are also frequently mentioned by Wine Spectator, too.  Bota Box wines have won 30 gold medals in competitions since 2011, and they’ve garnered 35 “Best Buy” ratings from Wine Enthusiast.  Those are legit awards!  And the packaging for is created with 100% post-consumer fiber using unbleached recycled paper.  The packaging itself is 100% recyclable, too.

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!Boxed wines are actually growing faster than bottled wines in the U.S. in recent years, and part of the reason is the increased quality among boxed wines.  Bota Box wines are stored in a vacuum bag, so you can pour as much or as little as you’d like at a time.  Thus, Bota Box wines are perfect for our Thursday Night Troubadours.  They offer a 500ml size that’s equivalent to about 3 glasses of wine, or they also offer a 3L size that’s equivalent to (4) 750ml bottles of wine.  (That’s a good one for sharing!)

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!Do you have parties with friends and neighbors during the summer?  If not, you should!  Start up your own version of Thursday Night Troubadours.  (We found Thursday night is ideal as it’s near the end of the week, but it doesn’t interfere with weekend plans.)  Just put flyers in your neighbor’s mailboxes and get Troubadours started.  Then have a sign-up sheet on hand for folks to sign up to host throughout the summer.

And if you’re off to a Troubadour event of your own, might I suggest these Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers along with a box of Bota Box wine?  It makes for a great combination!  Check out Bota Box’s varieties, too!  We are partial to their Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc, but they have a number of other award-winning, vintage varietals as well.  Oh, and fun fact to share on your next neighborhood troubadour event: a female troubadour is called a trobairitz.  Enjoy, my friends!

Did you make this fun summer appetizer at home?  Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!

Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they’re a great summer appetizer!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 77kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. goat cheese
  • 3 Tbsp fresh chives diced
  • ½ Tbsp Italian seasonings
  • 1 tsp garlic minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3-4 Tbsp milk
  • 14 oz. piquante peppers (see note)
  • {garnishes} additional chives

Instructions

  • Using a small mixing bowl, add goat cheese, chives, Italian seasonings, garlic and salt; stir until well combined. Add 1-2 Tbsp of milk to thin filling.
  • Transfer mixture into a piping bag (or sandwich bag with one end snipped off). Fill each piquante pepper. Garnish with additional chopped chives before serving.

Notes

Piquante peppers are typically available in jars in the grocery store near the olives or in the deli section. However, if your store also has an olive bar in the deli, then that’s a great place to look for loose piquante peppers.

These Goat Cheese and Chive Stuffed Piquante Peppers are loaded with flavor, and they're a great summer appetizer!

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26 Comments

  1. That is so fun! What great way to have a laugh with the neighbours and break up the week a bit (and hello Thirsty Thursday!). I could definitely make a meal out of just apps, no doubt about it and cheese is kinda my thing. Love these stuffed peppers and I’m pretty sure I’d pop so many of these into my pie hole before I even realized exactly how many I’d eaten, lol. Hope your holiday yesterday was relaxing, my friend!

    1. The only thing that makes Thirsty Thursday better is Troubadours with friends and neighbors! Seriously. It’s such a fun tradition and excuse for getting out of the house for a bit. 🙂 And I totally agree with you about appetizers! A good glass of wine and an assortment of appetizers is pretty much my idea of a good time. Haha! Thanks so much, Dawn!

  2. What a fun way to get together with friends! I love that you do this on Thursdays so everyone still has the weekends. These stuffed piquantes are looking great….a perfect summer appetizer! I really like boxed wines. They are great for taking camping and the minis fit right into my backpack!

    1. Yeah, I’m not exactly sure when the idea for Thursday Troubadours got started, but we joined in when we moved into the neighborhood 6 years ago. (Wow…time flies!) And I agree with you that Thursdays are the best for these casual gatherings. It’s a great way to get the weekend started early! Boxed wines are totally legit, and they really are perfect for taking along on all sorts of summer activities. 🙂 Thanks, Kathy!

  3. Hi David. I’m always on the lookout for new appetizer recipes. This one sounds great. I like to make three or four different apps and take them up to our friend’s house to share, along with a couple of drinks. Sounds like you have quite a merry group of neighbors!

    1. These stuffed peppers are a really fun appetizer to make, Dorothy! And they really aren’t that difficult at all…the hardest part is stuffing the actual peppers themselves, but I just used a piping bag to make it easier. Appetizers for dinner is one of our favorite activities for a casual night, too! And I’m sure you have quite a few fun appetizer recipes up your sleeve. 🙂

  4. Your neighborhood sounds like such a fun place to live. I can’t decide if I’m the only person who actually lives on my street or if everyone just stays inside during summer months and I’m the only person crazy enough to venture out when it’s 115 degrees. (I’m leaning toward the latter.) Maybe we have an equivalent to your Thursday Troubadours in the fall. If not I’ll start one! And bring these awesome bites of goat cheese-y goodness!

    1. I’m thinking there are indeed other people living on your street. You just might have to wait until December when the temperature drops below 95° to meet them. 🙂 If you need friends in the meantime, then come on up! And chances are you’ll stumble into a Troubadours filled with appetizers and wine. So bring a glass, ok? Seriously, though, Troubadours is such a fun neighborhood activity. You should do it in the Fall!

  5. Before I even start reading this post my mouth is watering. The first time I had goat cheese stuffed piquante peppers they blew my mind. I’ve never tried to make them myself but you are giving me hope that I can actually pull it off. Troubadours sounds like a lot of fun. I love events that move from house to house around the neighborhood. That sounds like so much fun. Can wine is all the rage right now with my girlfriends, it’s only a matter of time until a box shows p at one of our events. I have to try Bota

    1. Oh, you can totally pull these stuffed peppers off yourself, Mary! The trickiest part is filling the peppers themselves. I loosened up the creamy goat cheese with a bit of milk, and then I just used a piping bag (or sandwich bag with a corner snipped off) to fill the peppers with the filling. Nice and easy! Appetizer parties really are the best, and you should definitely give Bota a shot for your next party with the girls. The minis equal about 3 glasses while the boxes equal about 4 bottles. Perfect for sharing with friends! Thanks, Mary!!

  6. Troubadour parties? How cool is that (Although I’m not a huge fan of mingling with my neighbors hah.) You know what’s one huge difference between a neighborhood in the U.S. and Canada? Here in Canada, while still being polite and nice, we barely know our neighbors. I’m serious. I’m not even talking about knowing/remembering their names -recognizing their faces can be challenging too. And gathering on weekends? Well, there’s a tradition to have a barbecue picnic once in a year. Never visited though:) But, David, I promise if you invite me (and most importantly guarantee a lot of delicious food including these peppers), I will definitely show up:)

    1. So I’ve found that different neighborhoods have different vibes. When we lived in Atlanta, we only knew our next door neighbor and then our across-the-street neighbors. And we rarely ever hung out together. But then up here in New York, our neighbors already had the Thursday Troubadours thing going…so that was a nice way to meet everyone. So I say you should go to the yearly picnic this year! I bet you’ll impress everyone with some amazing salad. 🙂 Seriously, though, do it! Appetizer parties are so much fun!

    1. Oh, I love olives, too, Heather…and I could easily get preoccupied with olives. In fact, I’ve been wanting to try stuffing my own olives. Maybe some day. We were on vacation recently, and we saw a bunch of olive trees…and that made me want to try brining my own olives. My wife just looked at me and rolled her eyes. Haha! Appetizers really are the best, aren’t they? 🙂

  7. Thursday Night Troubadours sounds like it’s brilliant fun David. A couple of glasses of wine on a Thursday night and these excellent stuffed piquante peppers is surely a great way to start the wind down to the weekend! Sounds too like a really good fun sociable neighbourhood. Are there any houses up for sale? 🙂 Have a great weekend! And enjoy your Troubadour tonight!

    1. Appetizers and a couple glasses of wine really is the way to get the weekend started! We look forward to Thursday nights as they’re a chance to unwind a little bit as we head into the weekend. I don’t think there are any houses for sale at the moment on our street, but I’m sure one will turn up soon. I’ll keep you updated! hah! 🙂 Thanks, Neil!

  8. Wait – there’s no singing songs about chivalry and courtly love??? Whaattt??? I’m all for the idea of a Troubadour night with a marching band – racket or no racket! But, seeing my music skills are on par with my dancing skills (non-existent that is) I’ll leave the harmonica and fiddles up to y’all and stick with the maracas – deal? 🙂
    Seriously, David – this sounds like such a fun tradition!
    Now, onto these piquante peppers – stuffing them with that delicious chive-Italian seasoning-garlic flavored goat cheese sounds like quite a delicious appetizer – or meal (me thinks) BTW – I need to look for Bota Boxed Wines next time we have a get together over here!

    1. Yeah, my music skills are pretty much non-existent, too, Shashi…along with my dancing skills. But Robbie loves music, and he loves to dance. We went to a Fourth of July parade, and you should’ve seen him when the band went by! 🙂 So I made another round of these stuffed peppers when Laura’s parents were in town…and we polished off the whole batch while sitting on the porch with a couple glasses of wine. Do give Bota Box a shot next time you have a gathering. And make sure to sing songs about chivalry and courtly love. And make sure to record it so I can see it, too. Ok? Haha! Thanks, my friend!

    1. Oh, you should totally start a Thursday night Troubadours in your neighborhood, Dawn! It’s a great excuse to visit with the neighbors…and make fun appetizers and serve wine, too! 🙂

  9. Troubadours sounds like a wonderful idea to me. I love that it’s kept simple so the host doesn’t have to go through a bunch of work or expense to host it. It’s all about the connection and conversation anyway, right?

    And these appetizers you whipped up look addictive! I love the creamy center and that tangy heat of the peppers.

    1. Troubadours really is a fun concept, Marissa! It’s easy to pull together as each neighbor just needs to volunteer their back yard or porch for a night. And since it’s BYOB, there’s really very little prep work involved. It’s a great way to learn more about your neighbors! 🙂 Also, these stuffed peppers were delicious! Do give them a shot (with a glass of wine!) sometime. 🙂 Thanks, my friend!

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