Delicious bites of Dressing-Stuffed Mini Peppers with melted cheese, baked to perfection. A delicious appetizer served with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing!

Happy leftovers, Friends! If you love leftover stuffing (or dressing) like we do, you’ll love these Dressing-Stuffed Mini Peppers appetizer, perfect for the holidays!

Stuffed mini peppers

We love munching on mini peppers for a healthy snack, or they are great with this Holiday Cilantro Chive Greek Yogurt Dip. But today’s recipe is super easy and fun using up those leftovers!

Getting ready for company

But first, I love getting ready for company, because it helps me declutter my house. When my house is cluttered, my mind goes a little crazy, but when I get it back in control (organized) I feel a deep sense of calm. Do you ever feel this way? And where does all this paperwork come from? Even though I feel I have a good system in place for paperwork, bills, receipts, etc, all I have to do is go out of town, and it’s a mess again.

I’m starting in the garage this week, and I’m going to work my way through the house, because next week we will have everyone home, plus extra guests. I just love the holidays!

It’s not what I need to do this next week, or my list of blog posts I need to get done, getting recipes created, chores before our out-of-town company arrives, shopping and cleaning, that really matter. It’s about embracing each moment, what I can learn from it, share with others, pray and change about myself. It’s about leaning into the things that I don’t like to do, facing the chores and cleaning with a good attitude, that makes a difference in my outlook.

Clean off the kitchen counter!

Right? Today I’m turning on the music and starting off with a clean kitchen counter. My counter is the junk-collector, so getting it sparkling clean before I tackle my chores, always helps!

Funny how we each have our ways of getting stuff done.

Stuffing, or dressing?

This recipe today is an easy appetizer, and a great way to use leftover dressing from the Thanksgiving feast. Which, by the way, do you call it stuffing or dressing?

I looked it up online and this is what Butterball is saying:

If you call it dressing, odds are you cook it separately from the turkey – and you live in the southern region of the United States. Otherwise, you’re a stuffing family, and you cook it in the turkey.

I really never knew!

Dressing-Stuffed Mini Peppers

I always keep mini peppers in my fridge, because they are excellent served so many ways!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
Pesto Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers
Tuna Stuffed Peppers
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Mini Mexican Stuffed Peppers {Aggie’s Kitchen
Mini Taco Stuffed Peppers {The Girl Who Ate Everything}

Whether before or after Thanksgiving, bring these to a party and your guests will love you!

Add in the people in your home, around our table, and if you’re like me, your heart will feel like it’s in its element. Very much at home.

What is on your to-do list before Thanksgiving?


Dressing-Stuffed Mini Peppers
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Dressing-Stuffed Mini Peppers

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 18 mins
Total Time: 28 mins
Yield: 6 -8


  • 1 dozen mini sweet peppers, red, orange, and yellow
  • 1 1/2 cup leftover dressing, stuffing
  • 3/4 cup Mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Fresh thyme, finely chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Prepare the peppers by slicing off the “top” (concave) side of the peppers, leaving the stem. Scoop out the seeds and the membrane.
  • In a bowl, combine the stuffing and 1/2 cup cheese. Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes until softened and cheese is melted. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Spoon the stuffing cheese mixture into the peppers, pressing it into each half. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.
  • Arrange the peppers on a baking sheet and bake for around 18 minutes, until peppers are softened and cheese is hot and bubbly.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme; serve immediately.
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