Try saying that 5x fast HA!
These little guys are in honor of GAAAAME DAY, which I know you love as much as I do! And then we are all honest with ourselves and confess our support is only as strong as the snack selection. Guilty.
But no guilt here! I am so with you on that one! I have had my seasons where I paid attention to all the little uniforms running around after a ball and I was appropriately dressed in team colors with my mega-sized sweet tea (because South y’all…) and cheered with the best of them.
I had my bouts with those sports but I came to grips with reality and self-nominated myself as a more devout follower of Snack Providers or Game Day Chef.
It fits me.
I like it.
This fall is no different since we are now a home with no cable and the TV isn’t turned on unless we are firin’ up the Netflix. We don’t have anything against TV…and I have my days where I miss HGTV (Fixer Upper fans out there?!) but we were just TOO busy. And this girl was tired of paying a ridiculous cable bill for something we weren’t using.
Now, White Collar (I know, I’m like 5yrs behind but we are almost to season 6!!) fills our TV time slot and money is in the account for the important things…ya’ know…like a tofu press and all. 0_o
Let’s talk about those adorable little yummy boats that will be a perfect snack sitting next to you while you watch that good ole’ football…or get Pinterest crazy on your phone while everyone else watches.
You just munch on these goodies and do you!
These Cheddar Pepper Pimento Boats could be made in a cinch if needed; I would just skip the roasting part. We liked them either way!
Slice them end to end (like in that ther’ picture) and slide them in a 400 degree oven for about 15 minutes and they will soften and get a little…well…roasty 🙂
And set them aside to cool. This will help the cold filling to not slide out instantly. Don’t ask how I know that; just take my word for it.
I actually had all the filling ingredients except for the pimentos, so I would definitely consider this an inexpensive appetizer option as well!
I used my Homemade Taco Seasoning in this recipe which you can find here, or feel free to use your favorite packet version, but depending on spice level, you may need to tweak that amount.
Add a spoonful of that lick-off-the-spoon-worthy filling to each pepper and sprinkle with finely chopped cilantro and BOOM. Game Day MADE.
And if those colorful cuties don’t have you by now, I will also direct your attention to the fact that you can have two for less than 80 calories…HOLD THE FOOTBALL. What?! I know. It made me feel sooo much better when I calculated it after eating all but 5…err…yeah it just made me feel good about my indulgent tendencies.
PS. Make this a dip and provide crackers, sliced peppers, cucumbers or tortilla chips as dipping options! Or hey…just grab a bowl and call it dinner and we will sit on the couch and Pin together <3 Happy Friday!!
PSS. Bonus pictures for those that need proof of the yum level of this appetizer HA. Yes, they are eyes-closed-good, apparently!
*Serving size is 2 pepper boats*
- 11 Mini Peppers
- ½ cup plain fat free yogurt
- 4 oz. jar diced pimentos (drained)
- ½ cup extra sharp cheddar (shredded)
- 2 oz. ⅓ less fat cream cheese
- 2 green onions (diced)
- 1 tbsp. + 1 tsp. Homemade Taco Seasoning (or any taco seasoning)
- ½ tsp garlic salt
- Rinse mini peppers well and slice lengthwise to create the boats. Remove seeds and place on a baking sheet and place in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes or until tender. Remove and set aside to cool.
- Add cheeses, yogurt, pimentos, onions and seasoning to mixing bowl and stir to combine. Finely chop cilantro for garnish.
- Fill each mini pepper with and sprinkle cilantro. Serve immediately or chill in the refrigerator, covered.