Mini Pepper & Pesto Bites

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This appetizer is simple, quick and healthy. It’s also perfect for those looking for a no carb option. Mini peppers are sold in bags in most grocery stores.

Makes 1 cup of pesto


  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2-3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 12-16oz bag mini bell peppers
  • 12 oz white cheese, cut into 1 inch blocks ( fontina, mozzarella, gruyere, etc)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

For pesto: combine basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese and pine nuts in a food processor until combined. Slowly add olive oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut mini peppers lengthwise in half (do not remove stem). Place on a baking sheet and spoon pesto into each pepper half, then place sliced cheese in the middle of each pepper.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. (Can be assembled ahead and baked before serving)

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  1. These are absolutely delicious! I’m testing this recipe tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

    Where does one find basil in those quantities? Trader Joe’s doesn’t seem to carry basil at all and the grocery stores seem to have only very small packages of basil. I’m thinking I shall have to resort to store bought pesto tomorrow and test the pesto recipe later.

  2. Thanks Cindy!
    You can find the big package of Basil at Trader Joes. It’s not in the herb section of the market but with the other vegetables such as tomatoes, etc. I also saw the bigger packages of Basil at Ralphs. One package should be fine. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!!

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