Cherry Chilli Peppers, Labneh and Pine Nuts

Cherry Chilli Peppers, Labneh and Pine Nuts from the Morito cookbook. These delicious, stuffed, sweet chillies are the perfect mezze dish to enjoy with drinks when entertaining friends.

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Favourite dishes from celebrated London tapas restaurant, Morito
Inspired by the flavours of Spain and the Middle East
Make innovative tapas and mezze at home


We were recently introduced to a delicious type of sweet and spherical pickled red chilli, just right for stuffing. At Morito we use either labneh or Neal’s Yard goat’s curd for this mezze, but cream cheese also works well.

Serves 4


4 tsp pine nuts
8 tsp unspiced Labneh, goat’s curd, or cream cheese with a squeeze of lemon
1 tsp za’atar or ½ teaspoon dried mint
8 pickled cherry chillies, drained well
8 small mint leaves


Toast the pine nuts in a dry pan over a medium heat, stirring constantly, until they are speckled and light brown. Cool briefly before mixing 3½ teaspoons of them with the labneh, za’atar or mint and a pinch of salt and pepper. Using a teaspoon, fill each pepper with a decent amount of stuffing. Gently press the remaining pine nuts and the mint leaves on top of each chilli and enjoy!

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