Make Ahead

Peppadew Dip

October  4, 2022
4 Ratings
  • Serves 2 cups
Author Notes

When I attended undergrad at SUNY Binghamton, there was a cafe housed inside an old garage, The Lost Dog Cafe. We would sit there for too many hours and drink coffee beverages with cute names like "The Girl Scout" and snack on the inspiration for this Peppadew Dip. I don't know what was in it, probably not peppadews, but it was orange, creamy, tangy, and overwhelmingly garlicky. Peppadew dip is equally delicious and maybe even more addictive. Danger. :) - iuzzini —iuzzini

Test Kitchen Notes

This is a lovely dip that can be used in a variety of ways. I served it with pretzel sticks as an appetizer and also liked it stuffed in celery stalks. I spread some on a toasty cheese quesadilla and it became a wonderfully bright condiment to perk up that dish, instead of the usual guacamole. The combination of pickled and roasted peppers with sundried tomatoes and cream cheese is a wonderful mix of tangy flavors. I can imagine many other uses for this dip as well, such as spread in a sandwich . – JoanG —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup peppadews (pickled)
  • 1/4 cup oil packed sundried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • juice from half a lemon
  1. Place first four ingredients in the food processor and puree (feel free to leave it chunky if you prefer- would also be pretty tasty this way . . .)
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and whir whir whir. Done.
  3. Spoon into a bowl and serve with sliced baguette or pita, chips, crudités, or anything your dipping heart desires.
  4. Alternatively, pipe the dip into pepadews and serve "Peppadew stuffed Peppadews." What is cuter than that? ;)

See what other Food52ers are saying.

  • lastnightsdinner
  • Jaynerly
  • iuzzini
  • Phelan:good

17 Reviews

TaraP October 13, 2014
The pickle stand at my farmer's market carries peppadews, and I have been wanting to give them a try. This recipe is delicious, a good balance of sweetness and heat. I took this to a party and it was a big hit, yummy yet with a hint of mystery.
barbst December 16, 2011
I just made this dip and it's great. I had to eliminate the mayo since my friend is allergic and it's still a winner!
iuzzini December 16, 2011
Thanks so much barbst! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And good to know about leaving out the mayo--I will have to try it that way-- you know . . . to make it healthy. ;)
lastnightsdinner January 17, 2011
Love the vivid color and I'm sure the flavors are just as bright and zippy!
iuzzini January 17, 2011
Thanks! And yes, zippy is a great word to describe this stuff! :)
marytarry January 17, 2011
I tried this when it was in the Open House Dish contest. Delicious!
iuzzini January 17, 2011
Thanks! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
Jaynerly January 15, 2011
This looks good! I look forward to trying it. Pepperdew peppers are readily available here in London.
iuzzini January 17, 2011
Excellent! I hope you like it!
innoabrd December 6, 2010
peppadews are a South African product. I can buy them at any supermarket, but understand availability in the US can be spotty. My mother tells me that they are sometimes available at Whole Foods in the bulk section.
iuzzini December 6, 2010
Interesting! We can get them on the olive bar here in Indiana! I love them! Innoabrd, how are they used in South Africa?
innoabrd December 7, 2010
They're used a lot in salads, they are a very popular pizza topping, and they're also made into dips. You also find them stuffed with feta as an appetizer. They come in a mild and a hot version. Both have the sweet and spicy tang, but the hot have a fair bit of heat. South Africans are into mouth-numbing heat!
nutcakes December 19, 2010
I get them at Fresh & Easy Market in Los Angeles, right down the street.
iuzzini November 1, 2010
Thanks everyone! Peppadews are sweet and slightly spicy little peppers- You can buy them in jars or sometimes on an olive-sundried tomato etc. bar. :) Delish.
Good C. November 1, 2010
That must be dynamite!!!! Good Cookin
Phelan:good October 31, 2010
What's a pepadew?! It sounds adorable AND delicious.
firecracker October 31, 2010
This looks beautiful and I can't wait to try it at Thanksgiving time (hint, hint) !!!