Garnacha Day — Chorizo and Pepper Jack Pepper Bites

PARTNER POST – #GarnachaDay is September 18th, join in the celebration of one of the world’s oldest grapes with deliciously paired recipes and enter to win a special tasting.

Chorizo and cornbread stuffed pepper bites make the perfect appetizer and are simple to make. Sweet bell peppers are stuffed with smoky chorizo and spicy pepper jack cheese before being baked.
By Mariah Mercurio

Garnacha Day — Chorizo and Pepper Jack Pepper Bites

Garnacha grapes are the only mainstream grapes that are used to create both red and white wines which I think is so cool. I love that all the Wines of Garnacha are so versatile. In the past, the Garnacha grape has been used primarily in blends but now this flavorful grape is being used on its own to make some really incredible wines.

The birthplace of the Garnacha grape is Eastern Spain so these wines pair very well with tapas, Spanish appetizers as well as many appetizers of other cuisines, too. I had the pleasure of visiting Spain a few years ago and fell in love with the culture, the food and of course the wine. I was feeling particularly inspired by Spanish cuisine when I made these chorizo and pepper jack pepper bites with cornbread crumbs. They are so simple to make, perfect for entertaining and pair well with almost any Garnacha wine.

Garnacha Day — Chorizo and Pepper Jack Pepper Bites

I highly recommend using premium beef chorizo in this dish, which can be found at your local butcher counter. It has far better flavor and is much less greasy than the packaged varieties that you can find next to the bacon. With summer ending, I wanted to put my sweet little mini peppers to good use so I decided that they would make the perfect vessel for my chorizo mixture. The cornbread bread crumbs in this dish act as a binder but also give a little bit of sweetness.

So go grab yourself a bottle or two of Garnacha Wine (they are only $10-$20 per bottle. Hello, winning!) and pop some of these little chorizo bites in the oven! They are sure to please!

Click the image below to enter to win a Mediterranean feast for four in your hometown, paired with the best of Garnacha wines.

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Garnacha Day — Chorizo and Pepper Jack Pepper Bites

Garnacha Day — Chorizo and Pepper Jack Pepper Bites
 
Chorizo and cornbread stuffed pepper bites make a great appetizer and are easy to make. Bell peppers are filled with chorizo and spicy pepper jack cheese.
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Recipe Type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Brown Onion, chopped
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • ½ Cup Wines of Garnacha White Wine
  • ½ Lb. Premium Chorizo
  • ½ Cup Cornbread Bread Crumbs (or plain bread crumbs)
  • ½ Cup Pepper Jack Cheese, grated (or monterey jack cheese)
  • 10 Mini Bell Peppers, cut in half lengthwise with seeds removed
  • ¼ Cup Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. In a skillet on medium heat, heat the butter and olive oil. Sauté onions and garlic until the onions becomes translucent. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add in the chorizo. Cook for 5 minutes or until the chorizo is cooked throughout. Turn off the heat and stir in the bread crumbs and pepper jack cheese.
  3. Brush the inside of each bell pepper with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fill each bell pepper halve with the chorizo mixture.
  4. Place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately.


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Mariah Mercurio

Hi! I am Mariah. Wife, mommy, and food addict. In my kitchen you will find that everything is made with love and creativity. I am a lover of all carbs and anything white chocolate or raspberry. I am still trying to find my balance of healthy dishes and sweet eats!

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