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Pan-Fried Olives and Chiles Stuffed with Goat Cheese


These snacks are best served right out of the skillet, when they're piping hot and oozing with cheese. After you've cooked the first batch, set your skillet out on a trivet with a spatula. When everybody's picked it clean, fry up another batch.

Photography: MIKKEL VANG

Source: Blueprint, July/August 2007


  • 2 logs of fresh goat cheese, 4 ounces each
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 6 canned whole green chiles
  • 12 Peppadew peppers
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 12 pepper-stuffed olives
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil


  1. In a bowl, mix together goat cheese and cilantro; chill. Drain chiles and Peppadews. Split chiles lengthwise and stuff with 1 tablespoon cheese mixture. Press to close. Stuff Peppadews with 1/2 teaspoon cheese mixture.

  2. Combine flour, cornmeal, and salt on a large plate. Dredge chiles and Peppadews, turning to coat all sides. Dredge olives similarly. If coating isn't sticking, dip peppers and olives in chile brine before dredging.

  3. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the olives and chiles in 2 batches, turning with a spatula as they become golden brown, adding more oil, if needed, 8 to 12 minutes. Serve hot.

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  • chefjanet
    8 APR, 2011
    The peppers in the picture don't look like the peppadew peppers I know of. They are red and round. These look like small poblanos to me and that is how poblanos looked when I tested this recipe for a client. I could be wrong, but the poblanos were outstanding!
  • toniwithaneye
    1 MAR, 2011
    I live in Central FL as well. You will not find the peppers in a Latin Food store as they are from South Africa. Publix sometime has them - check with the gourmet cheeses, or ask the service desk to order them for you. There is a store in Melbourne called Downtown Produce that sells them jarred regularly. If you want to try the flavor, go to Panera Bread and order the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich :)
  • MKEMichelle
    7 APR, 2010
    I buy Peppadew peppers from the "olive bar" in the deli area at my local grocery store. It's not a specialty store, so I would suspect you should be able to find them anywhere in your area that has this type of service area. I usually stuff them with a cream cheese / goat cheese mixture and serve them with olives, nuts, cheese and crackers to accompany pre-dinner drinks. Good luck!
  • DallasCarolynH
    29 JUN, 2009
    I would appreciate any advise as to where I can purchase Peppadews. Are they canned or fresh? I live in the Orlando area and have asked several Mexican speciality stores but they don't know what Peppadew peppers are. Thanks