Easy Gourmet Appetizers Starring Rose Romano’s {Gluten-Free}

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Last week I had a fabulous girls’ night out at Clothes Mentor. It’s only my favorite consignment store around, with an extra discount, girlfriends, and food – it can’t get much better! I took some easy gourmet and gluten-free appetizers featuring Rose Romano’s Gourmet Marinara Topping. They were really so easy and would be perfect for a holiday party this year.

I made Mini Hamburger and Italian Pepper Stuffed Peppers and Gorgonzola and Italian Pepper Stuffed Crimini Mushrooms. My recommendation is to have a way to keep them warm as they cool easily and they taste better warm. I could eat the stuffed peppers all day long. So yummy you can’t “eat just one”, they are delicious hot or cold. I also love the mushrooms as long as they are warm. I would serve these straight out of the oven at my holiday party.

Mini Stuffed Peppers
Mini size the classic stuffed pepper for an easy gourmet savory appetizer that is sure to wow your guests this holiday season.
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  1. 12 baby bell peppers
  2. 1/2 pound turkey or beef burger
  3. 1 jar Rose Romano's Italian Peppers w/ green bell pepper
  4. Favorite cheese for stuffed peppers - I am partial to extra sharp cheddar. Some people like mozzarella.
  1. Turn broiler on.
  2. Slice peppers in half length wise, taking out seeds.
  3. Rub outside with oil and put on broiler safe tray, skin side up.
  4. Put under broiler in middle of oven for 5 minutes, or until soft without burning.
  5. Fry meat and mince. A few seconds in a food processor or blender will make it the right consistency for the small peppers.
  6. Mix in Italian Peppers.
  7. Stuff pepper halves with mixture and grate a small amount of cheese over them.
  8. Bake in 350 oven until cheese is melted (5-10 minutes).
  1. Gluten-free
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Gorgonzola Italian Pepper Stuffed Mushrooms
Pungent gorgonzola and Rose Romano's italian peppers, a red bell pepper gourmet marinara topping, pair beautifully with the lightly sauteed crimini or baby bella mushroom, making an easy gourmet appetizer.
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  1. 8 ounce baby bellas or crimini mushrooms
  2. Rose Romano's Italian Peppers w/ red bell peppers
  3. Gorgonzola Crumbles
  1. Wash, De-stem, and dry mushrooms.
  2. Add a little oil to a saute pan, and add mushrooms to the pan, gill side up, over medium heat. Saute until just soft.
  3. Dump any excess liquid from mushrooms.
  4. Spoon in italian peppers.
  5. Sprinkle a few small crumbles of gorgonzola on top.
  6. Place on tray in 350 degree oven until cheese is melted.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. Make approximately 12 stuffed mushrooms.
  1. Gluten-Free
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  1. What a party. Thanks for hosting.
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  2. I love this idea! Going to have to give it a try!
    Francine @ Teresa’s Family Cleaning recently posted…Save Yourself From Decoration Disasters!My Profile

  3. The mini-peppers look awesome! They would be a great healthier option for a holiday party
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  4. What a fantastic idea! Love them. Thanks for the idea
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  5. These are two great ideas. I have a friend who is now gluten free so I am always searching for ideas to serve when she is here.
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    • I know what you mean. When you really think about it there are so many options but I feel like when I try really hard to figure it out I go blank on interesting things.

  6. thank you! we have a party this weekend and i’m on appetizer duty— some guests are gluten free

  7. These look wonderful! I’ll be trying them out soon!
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  8. I will be trying the mushrooms! I love stuffed mushrooms however I feel guilty eating them around my gluten free friends. Now I can’t wait to surprise them soon. OOHHH I am so excited.
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  9. I have never tried Gorgonzola cheese! These look great though!
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    • If you like blue cheese you would probably like gorgonzola. My husband isn’t a fan but when it is used with a light hand it adds a nice note to dishes without overpowering and he likes it.

  10. These appetizers look really great. I enjoy making a meal out of appetizers! Great for family night.
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  11. Oooh, wow, these look amazing.The perfect appetizer to take to holiday parties. Thank you

  12. Yumm.. I love that they are gluten free and the recipe will come in handy this Christmas Season, we have so many parties to attend and each we need to bring something; this is simple and different and I know everyone will love it..thanks for a great idea
    Melanie a/k/a CrazyMom recently posted…Game night is always better with an Action filled Video Game and a Fun Snack #FueledByMMMy Profile

  13. OMGosh the peppers look so so good. I’m not a mushroom person, but that looks great too!
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  14. oh yum and I can eat them because they are gluten free! pinning this one for sure!
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  15. sounds great, my son would love this, he loves peppers!

  16. What a yummy recipe!
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  17. I’ve never made stuffed peppers, but have seen a bunch of recipes lately and I want to try making these!
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  18. YUM! Both of these look great- perfect for holiday parties!
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