I am so fascinated with the peppers, today it turned into stuffed Shishito peppers. This snack is a perfect blend of rich pepper flavors, relaxed and calming cream cheese, and garlic flavors.
It's ultra delicious, not so hot and not so sweet, a succulent finger food for a game day or for a party crowd.
Cream cheese and peppers are a world-renowned combination that works excellently here in this stuffed Shishito peppers recipe. This is an effortless recipe that satisfies both you and your friends.
Stuff the peppers with the pantry staple ingredients and pop them in the oven. That’s it; a super quick party appetizer is ready to serve in the flash of moments.
Each bite of stuffed Shishito peppers gives you a delectable experience(like this peanut butter stuffed jalapenos). Firstly, rich peppery flavors hit the palate and then the fabulous cream cheese takes over, to soothe the palate.
To put it all together, you can resist taking off your hands after the first bite.
How hot is stuffed Shishito pepper?
Shishito pepper is considered one of the mild peppers. Unlike jalapeño, this will not hurt with its heat(A disclaimer, in rare cases, some Shishito peppers may turn as hot. As the heat level in any pepper depends on the environment they have grown in).
You may be wondering, how hot are these? Well, generally speaking, these stuffed Shishito peppers are perfect to serve for the entire family and taste similar to bell peppers.
However, if you still worry about its heat, taste-test the Shishito pepper seeds before prepping. Remove the seeds and the ribs if you find it hard.
Shishito pepper. Easy to find in specialty grocery stores or the farmers markets during the summer. My local Wegmans store carries these peppers throughout the year.
Cream cheese. Perfect combination with any peppers. And you find it works great in this recipe as well. If you prefer, you may cut down a few calories of stuffed Shishito peppers, and choose low-fat cream cheese. Vegan cream cheese is the closest substitute for a vegan diet.
Garlic powder. Provides a robust flavor and extra punch.
Red pepper flakes. Added to include spice kick. It is an optional ingredient, but I would highly suggest incorporating it.
How to make stuffed Shishito pepper?
Shishito pepper has more hollow space inside, which makes it great for stuffing.
Prepping. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash and clean the peppers. Make a slit lengthwise by leaving a quarter inch at the top and bottom of each pepper.
Mixing. In a small mixing bowl, add cream cheese, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. And whip until it becomes fluffy.
Stuffing. Using a teaspoon, stuff the cream cheese mix inside the pepper. And arrange them in a baking tray.
Baking. Bake for about 7 minutes or until the peppers start blistering.
Serving. Serve stuffed Shishito pepper as soon as it's made(since its skin is tender and hence gets flattened after 10 minutes).
How to serve?
As an appetizer. Think of game day or a party gathering, this stuffed Shishito pepper would turn out to be a perfect bite-size snack. Serve them as a platter or along with a dip. These, jalapeno sour cream dip, Cajun aioli, and Sriracha aioli.
How to store?
One of the main properties of Shishito pepper is to swell when roasting and deflate when cooled down. It loses its firmness while reheating. However, you may use the leftovers as a salad topping or a casserole.
Mixing bowl. A must-tool for every kitchen, and that works here as well.
Baking tray. I love these baking sheets, they are perfect for making stuffed Shishito peppers.
Printable recipe card
Stuffed Shishito Peppers
- 20 Shishito Peppers
- 1 cup Cream cheese
- 2 teaspoon Garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Red pepper flakes optional
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wash and clean the Shishito peppers. Make a slit lengthwise on each pepper, leaving a quarter inch at the top and bottom uncut.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, garlic powder, and red pepper flakes. Whip the ingredients until you achieve a fluffy consistency.
- Using a teaspoon, stuff each Shishito pepper with the cream cheese mixture.
- Arrange the stuffed peppers on a baking tray.
- Bake the peppers in the preheated oven for about 7 minutes or until the peppers start to blister.
- Remove the tray from the oven and let the peppers cool a bit before serving.
- Serve immediately.