BrokeAss Gourmet

BrokeAss Gourmet

Pepper Pirate Boats

  • Prep Time 0:30
  • Cook Time 3 minutes
  • Estimated Cost $9

Let’s just face it—Halloween has the power to drive even the best of us to get a little bit cheesy—and I’m not referring to the cheeses present in this recipe. I am talking about the fact that I went to the trouble to make cutesy pirate “flags” for these “boats.” And I have to admit, I really enjoyed it. Now I want to make everything cute and fun. Next thing you know I’ll be Bedazzling.

Of course, you don’t have to make the pirate flags for these if you don’t want to…but you should.


  • 10 sweet mini bell peppers $3.50 for a 16-oz. bag
  • 8 oz. cream cheese (or creamy goat cheese) $2
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar, white cheddar, jack, pepperjack or fontina cheese $3.50 for 8 oz.
  • 3 green onions, chopped $1 for a bunch
  • 1 small handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, cilantro or basil, chopped finely $1 for a bunch
  • 1/4 tsp each salt Pantry
  • freshly-ground black pepper to taste Pantry
  • 1-2 small cloves garlic, very finely minced Pantry
  • toothpicks
  • small slips of paper
  • tape or glue

Recipe Serves 4-5


  1. Slice the peppers in half, lengthwise. Use a knife or your fingers to remove the seeds. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheese, green onions parsley, salt, pepper and garlic.
  3. Fill each pepper "boat" with the cheese mixture and arrange on a platter. 
  4. Refrigerate until ready to serve. (For hot boats, arrange the filled pepper halves on an ungreased baking sheet and pop under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until very bubbly. Some of the filling may come out--just scoop it back in. Let cool slightly before serving.)
  5. To make the toothpick flags, cut white paper into 3" x 1" strips (or cut white Post-It notes in half). 
  6. Use a black marker to draw skull and crossbones (as pictured) or any other design on one half of the paper. 
  7. Wrap the slip of paper around the top of a toothpick and use tape or glue to secure the "flag" in place (i found a glue stick worked well for this). 
  8. Stick a toothpick flag into the center of each cheesy pepper boat.

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