Sausage-Stuffed Peppadews

Peppadews are little peppers that have been marinated in vinegar and sugar. They're delightful when stuffed with spicy sausage and rice. Look for them at delis or in jars at the supermarket.

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  • 1 pound hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons olive tapenade
  • 60 yellow or red peppadew peppers (from two 14-ounce jars), drained
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a medium bowl, knead the sausage meat with the cooked rice and olive tapenade. Fill the peppadew peppers with the meat mixture, pressing to compact it. Arrange the peppadews meat side up on a lightly oiled baking sheet; lightly press down on them so they don't wobble. Drizzle the peppadews all over with olive oil and sprinkle with the grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

  2. Bake the peppadews in the upper third of the oven for about 15 minutes, until the sausage meat is cooked through. Transfer the peppadews to a platter and serve warm or at room temperature.

Make Ahead

The unbaked stuffed peppadews can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before baking. The baked stuffed peppadews can be covered loosely and kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours.

Suggested Pairing

Dark fruit–scented, medium-bodied Barbera.

Contributed By Published December 2009

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