I have no qualms about being grill-side at most parties, but on New Year's, I want to be inside with everyone else getting my drink on. So at least for this party I get all my grilling done beforehand to free up time to revel with my oversized, boisterous family—perfect companions to ring in the new year.
Since grilling happens ahead of time, I like to make things that are good both hot and at room temperature, which these goat cheese-stuffed Peppadews most certainly are.
They're also incredibly quick and easy to put together. Just drain a jar of Peppadews—a name brand of a small sweet and spicy pepper—stuff them with herbed goat cheese, then grill them on a plank until they start to brown.
For so little effort, they deliver big on flavor. The Peppadew itself is an amazing mixture of fruity, spicy, and sweet, while the goat cheese tempers some heat and the herbs freshen up the whole affair.
These are great snack to pop as the night goes on, keeping me both a happy eater and a very merry reveler.
- Yield:Serves 6-8 as a snack
- Active time: 15 minutes
- Total time:30 to 40 minutes
- 5 ounces spreadable goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives, divided
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
- 1 14-ounce jar Peppadews, drained
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 wood plank, soaked in water for at least 1 hour prior to use
- 1 small chunk of light smoking wood, such as apple or cherry
- Type of fire: two-zone indirect
- Grill heat: high
In a small bowl, mix together goat cheese, 1 1/2 tablespoons chives, and parsley.
Transfer mixture to a pipping bag* fitted with a round tip. Pipe herbed goat cheese into Peppadews. Place stuffed Peppadews onto wood plank and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.
Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate and place wood chunk directly on top of coals. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Place planked Peppadews on cool side of grill, cover, and cook until Peppadews start to brown in spots, 15-25 minutes.
Remove form grill, sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon chives, and serve.