Hi Guys! Today we have peppadew poppers! Okay so technically these guys are called ‘cherry peppers’ or ‘pimentos’ and ‘peppadews’ are technically the trademarked brand name of a company based out of South Africa…but as cute as pimentos and cherry peppers sound, I think peppadew sounds the cutest! Also, I got actual peppadews for this recipe, but please note that you can use any variety of pickled cherry peppers/pimentos and it’ll be just as great! Anyway, why these? why now? Eh, because every now and then you need to “treat yoself” and this is totally one of those treats. They’re super easy to whip up and I know the deep frying factor is a buzz kill for many of you, but you really only need a small pot with a few inches of oil and the process is not all that messy…or doesn’t have to be! You can try to bake these, but I haven’t tried yet and I’m not sure if the filling will come bursting out of them or not…other than that issue, they should hold well in the oven. :)
Pickled peppadews/cherry peppers are so good! They’re light and sweet with the perfect amount of briny goodness to them. Adding the rich filling and crisp out coating really makes this a lovely little snack. I also like these over jalapeno poppers because they’re actually bite-sized and you can pop the whole thing in your mouth without having to worry that the cheesy filling is going to squirt out into your neighbors eye.Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy this fun and tasty little snack. I’ll be making a batch this weekend while I catch up on some Arrested Development, to prepare myself for the long awaited SEASON 4. YES!!! :) Enjoy! xx, Jenny
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- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 ½ tablespoons chives, thinly sliced
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 24 Peppadew peppers, drained and patted dry cherry peppers/pimentos
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- vegetable oil for frying
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oil (in a fryer or medium pot filled about 3 inches) to 350°.
- Place cream cheese, chives and black pepper in a small mixing bowl and mix together until completely combined. Scoop mixture into a Ziploc bag and snip one corner off.
- Place the cut end into the center of each pepper and fill with the cream cheese mixture.
- Place flour in a shallow bowl and repeat with the eggs and panko. Dredge the peppers into the flour followed by the eggs and finally the panko. Repeat the breading process on the cut side of each pepper so it has a double layer of breading. (this will help keep the cream cheese mixture from bursting through the breading while frying).
- Fry about 6 peppers at a time, for 3 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and lightly season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
- *Makes 24 Poppers
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I wonder if after they are cooked you can freeze them and then heat up in an air fryer to crisp them up?
hm, I’m never tried that before, but I feel like that should be okay?
Bernadette @Now Stir It Up
These look so good. Sounds fresh and perfect for spring.
I could already taste it in my mouth. Delicious ;)
Great idea. I love taking things that normally are done without care, like jalepeno poppers at chain restaurants or greasy bars and doing them right and with real ingredients. And I love love love that Arrested Development is coming back. Have you seen the new poster with all the cast in drag? Genius!
Such a great idea! I <3 peppadews.
Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe
OMG, I literally bounced out of my chair when I scrolled past this post. I absolutely LOVE peppadews! The first time I had them was a few years back at an olive bar, and it took me a while to figure out what they were since they aren’t labeled. I must admit though that I have never seen orange peppadews, and where I come from, those are sweet/hot, while cherry peppers are keep a glass of milk handy hot, and a pimento is a bell pepper??? I have served a platter of stuffed peppadews before but never thought to coat/fry them. What’s wrong with me?!?!? I’ll probably be making these this weekend. Thanks!! :)
Bev @ Bev Cooks
My mouth is open and ready. Ready when you are. Which should be now.
Lisa @ Making Lifes Lemons
Oh my goodness these look SO delicious!
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Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking
Peppadew makes me want to speak with a Cajun accent for some reason. I love pickled anything, seriously. These little guys are so cute, totally worth the frying effort! And YESSSSSSS!!!! So excited for Arrested Development!
Yum! We make a version which is simply stuffing peppadews with tiny mozzarella balls & sliver of basil & then bake a few minutes. Sometimes I add either a bit of prosciutto or some sauteed garlic to cheese 1st
Love poppers! I have to make these, they look like a healthy version of what you would get at a casual dining restaurant.
Super cute looking, greta for a little party.
Quinn Cooper Style
I have a jar of peppadews in my fridge right now, I love these! Ive also stuffed them with feta before for another fun and delicious treat over a Antipasta salad, yum!
That looks incredible moreish – it’s almost midnight and I seriously want those right now !
Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
Cute and fried, love these little guys!
Aw! This is at once whimsical and so packed with flavor. Beautiful dish
I love these recipes, but I’m a college student and I wanted to know if you would put up something quick and healthy to make on the go.
Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife
I wish I had a plate full of these right NOW. Oh and finally another season of Arrested Development! Eek I am so excited!!
OMG those look so amazing! I wonder if they would be good with an orange marmalade?!
Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes
Oh my gosh are these little poppers adorbs! I don’t eat a lot of peppadews, only because I’m normally swimming in chiles instead, but I love the idea of trying them stuffed and breaded like this. Lovely!