Baked Piquillo Peppers with Crabmeat Stuffing

Piquillo peppers are small, sweet, red peppers from the Navarre region of Spain. They’re roasted over a wood fire, peeled, and canned in their own juices. If you can’t find them, you can substitute roasted red bell peppers and roll them around the filling.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 4


  • 1⁄2 cup soft, mild goat cheese
  • 1⁄4 cup softened cream cheese
  • 1⁄2 cup cooked crabmeat
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
  • 1⁄2 salt
  • 12 canned roasted piquillo peppers
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil


  • In a mixing bowl, combine the goat cheese and cream cheese with a wooden spoon until well blended.
  • Add the crabmeat to the cheeses and stir it in gently. Stir in the parsley and salt. Set filling aside.
  • Drain the peppers of excess juices. Spoon filling into each pepper, dividing it equally among the peppers, and place the stuffed peppers in a casserole dish. Refrigerate it at this point if serving later.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bring the stuffed peppers to room temperature if they have been refrigerated.
  • Squeeze the lemon over the peppers and drizzle them with the olive oil. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until heated through. Serve warm.