Back when I featured Rumba, I showed you a few of my favorite items on the menu, one of them being the grilled, stuffed peppadews. Rumba is actually the first place I’d ever eaten or even heard of these little South African peppers but now I order them every time I go. Last weekend I was trying to come up with something interesting to take to a holiday shindig, and those bite size beauties came to mind.
I picked up a couple of jars at the grocery store, with the plan to try to closely recreate the Rumba dish by baking them in the oven. However, after tasting one straight from the jar with a little bit of goat cheese stuffed in it, I liked it so much that I decided not to mess with a good thing! I grabbed some chives from my backyard (don’t worry, I moved the pot inside once our temps hit freezing), chopped them up and mixed them into some softened goat cheese. Voila! Super simple, yet super flavorful, and a perfect party finger food.
Curious about where to find peppadews? Most larger grocery stores should carry them, and they’ll most likely be on the same aisle as pickles and olives. If they don’t have them there, you might be able to find them on the olive bar in the deli section as well.
When it comes to the goat cheese, please know that it’s important to buy a really good one since it’s a major component of the dish. In my case, I used Belle Chevre, an award winning artisan goat cheese that is hand crafted in Elkmont, Alabama. Here in Nashville you can find their products in Whole Foods, but no matter where you live, you can always buy them online.
And guess what? As a special gift, Belle Chevre is offering my readers 25% off anything in their online store through the end of December! All you have to do is enter the code “Beth” when you check out. This is an amazing deal, so you should definitley take advantage of it. Be sure to check out their awesome gift baskets too- I know I’d be thrilled to have one show up on my doorstop for Christmas!
Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppadews
Makes 25-30 bite size portions.
5-6 oz soft goat cheese
1 jar peppadew peppers (approximately 30 peppers)
2 Tbsp + 2 tsp chopped fresh chives
Drain peppers and set aside. Mix the goat cheese and 2 tablespoons of chives in a small mixing bowl. Use a 1/4 teaspoon to fill each peppadew with cheese mixture. Arrange on serving platter. Sprinkle with remaining 2 teaspoons of fresh chives.
Disclaimer: I was provided samples of Belle Chevre at no cost to me, but was not required to share my opinion on the products. As always, any time I am given free products to try, I only write about them if I truly enjoy and feel that you will too!