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Sweet peppadew peppers. Creamy softened cream cheese. Crispy Bacon. Balsamic Reduction. So good.
If you have never had a peppadew pepper you are missing out. These things are like candy.
I was first introduced to these stuffed peppadews at a local Steakhouse. My best friend then recreated them and now brings them to our numerous celebrations.
They are always a hit.
For the upcoming Super Bowl, I am pulling out all of my favorite appetizer recipes and this one definitely tops the list.
This year, we have the pleasure of rooting for one of our favorite teams…The Chiefs!
Aren’t these peppadews the perfect shade of Chiefs red?!?! I guess you could say it’s also 49er red, but I wouldn’t recommend it in my house.
Peppadews can be a little tricky to find, so plan ahead. They are frequently found on the olive bars at local grocers, in jars in the olive/pepper aisle, or can be bought online (affiliate link to follow) by clicking HERE.
CREAM CHEESE STUFFED PEPPADEW PEPPERS WITH BALSAMIC REDUCTION
Fill the peppadew peppers with softened cream cheese.
Cut the bacon slices in half (approximately 5 inch strips) and wrap around the peppadews. Secure with a toothpick.
Line them up on a baking pan (with sides to prevent the grease from running) and bake them at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then flip them over and bake for an additional 15 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and browned on each side. While the peppadews bake, make the balsamic reduction. Add the balsamic vinegar to a small heavy sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer 12-15 minutes until it thickens and reduces by half. The longer you simmer, the thicker the reduction will be. Caution: this burns easily so keep it to a simmer and watch is carefully.
After the bacon has crisped up in the oven, remove the peppadews and drizzle with the balsamic reduction.