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Easy Bell Pepper Puffs

Made with frozen puff pastry, these Easy Bell Pepper Puffs are a delightful holiday (or anytime) appetizer. If you love bell peppers, then you are going to love these appetizers. They are made by sautéing bell peppers with jalapeños, ginger, garlic, onions, and an aromatic blend of spices which are stuffed into crispy puff pastry.

These pepper puffs are an easy and delicious christmas appetizer

I have come to revel in the joy of Puff pastry, also known as pâte feuilletée. It seems to have magical properties to elevate the taste of the ingredients it is paired with.

These Easy Bell Pepper Puffs are a prime example.

The bell pepper filling/topping is a simple sauté of onions, ginger, garlic, bell peppers, jalapeño, cabbage, and spices such as coriander, turmeric, and smoked paprika. When this simple sauté is placed atop small puff pastry baskets, the result is a truly delicious concoction.

I have made puff pastry from scratch, a handful of times, using this recipe by Paul Hollywood. However, most times, I use store-bought puff pastry, like I did when I made these Bell Pepper Puffs.

Ingredients to make pepper puffs

What are the ingredients needed to make these Easy Bell Pepper Puffs?

You will need the following ingredients:

  1. Bell Peppers
    I used a couple of red bell peppers and green bell peppers to channel the colors of Christmas. Speaking of the colors of Christmas, if you happen to wonder how red and green came to have won those spots, my friend, David, wrote this post that is an engaging read.
  2. Onion
    Fresh onion is best for this recipe. If you do not want to peel an onion and chop it up, you can purchase the peeled and cut onion sold in containers in the produce section of most grocery stores.
  3. Ginger
    As with the onion, fresh ginger works best in this recipe too. And, you should be able to find peeled and chopped ginger in most grocery stores.
  4. Garlic
    Fresh garlic is a must for this recipe. The holy trinity of most Sri Lankan recipes are onion, ginger, and garlic. This combination is believed to not only be a delicious base but have health benefits as well.
  5. Jalapeño
    I used 2 jalapeños in this recipe – seeds and all. However, if you prefer a more mild sauté, use less, or remove the seeds and use both. You could also opt to leave them out entirely.
  6. Cabbage
    I used a small wedge of cabbage I had in the fridge. You can substitute the cabbage for a yellow potato if you wish.
  7. Coriander
    Powdered coriander can be found at most grocery stores, or you can get some from Amazon. You do not need to use coriander or any of the next two spices in this recipe. This sauté is quite flavorful with onion, ginger, and garlic. I am just extra and like to add as much flavor to a dish as I can.
  8. Smoked paprika
    You can find smoked paprika in most grocery stores. But, as I mentioned in the paragraph above, it is an optional ingredient in this recipe.
  9. Turmeric
    While I used powdered turmeric in this recipe, you can also use fresh turmeric. The ratio of substituting fresh turmeric for powdered is 0.5: 1. But, as I mentioned above, turmeric is not a necessity for this recipe.
  10. Egg
    I used the egg to make an egg wash for the puff pastry.
  11. Puff pastry
    I used Pepperidge Farm puff pastry sheets, which you can find in the frozen section of most grocery stores.
Spices for pepper puffs

I usually buy puff pastry sheets and keep them on hand, so I can use the sheets to make a tart, stuffed puffs, or even fancy little baskets. Usually, making the baskets involve several steps and a couple of cookie-cutter molds.

Making puff pastry baskets

However, Pepperidge Farm also sells these puff pastry shells, which you can simply bake (according to package instructions) and stuff with a filling like this tasty bell pepper sauté.

A silver platter with Delicious and Easy 2 pepper puffs and the pepper filling in a pan close buy.

Christmas is just around the corner, so if you happen to celebrate it, these little Easy Bell Pepper Puffs are such a tasty addition to your holiday appetizer menu. I know I will be making at least one batch of these Bell Pepper Puffs next weekend.

My favorite christmas appetizer - easy bell pepper puffs

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These pepper puffs are an easy and delicious christmas appetizer

Easy Bell Pepper Puffs

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Made with frozen puff pastry, these Easy Bell Pepper Puffs are a delightful holiday (or anytime) appetizer. If you love bell peppers, then you are going to love these appetizers. They are made by sautéing bell peppers with jalapeños, ginger, garlic, onions, and an aromatic blend of spices which are stuffed into crispy puff pastry.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion (if using peeled and chopped onion, its about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1-inch chunk of ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1/4 of a small green cabbage (when chopped up, about 2 cups)
  • OPTIONAL 2 tsp coriander
  • OPTIONAL - 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • OPTIONAL - 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 egg
  • 2 sheets of Puff pastry or 12 pre-made puff pastry baskets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grab two circular pastry cutters - one a little bit smaller than the other. Using the large one, cut out 12 circles in one of the puff pastry sheets. After cutting out 9, gather the dough and roll it out before cutting out more. Then, using the same large pastry cutter, cut out 12 large circles in the other pastry sheet as well, rolling out the remaining dough as needed. Then, using the smaller one, cut circles into the circles already cut out. Using a brush, brush some egg onto the bottom of the circle with a "hole" and place it on the larger circle. Repeat till you have 12 circles on top of the circles. Brush the tops with egg wash and bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 18 minutes. As these bake, they should rise up, forming baskets.
  3. Or simply bake 12 Pepperidge Farm puff pastry baskets and skip the tedious above step!
  4. While the baskets are baking, peel and chop up the onion, ginger, and garlic.
  5. Add the olive oil to a large pan over medium heat/flame and add in the peeled and chopped onion, ginger, and garlic. Sauté about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the mixture from burning.
  6. Chop up the cabbage, bell peppers, and jalapeños and add them to the pan too. If using the spices, add the coriander, smoked paprika, and turmeric to the pan as well and stir well. Let sauté about 5 more minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix well.
  8. Turn the heat off, and remove the pan from the hot stovetop.
  9. When the puff pastry baskets are ready, spoon the belle pepper sauté into the puff pastry baskets.
  10. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley and serve warm.
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 230Total Fat 16gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 16mgSodium 116mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 4g

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