Hot Pepper Pleasers Recipe
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Hot Pepper Pleasers Recipe

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Here's a real crowd-pleaser! The banana peppers pack a subtle punch, and the pepperoni adds spice. Have knives, forks and napkins ready so folks can eat them up neatly. —Darius Kovacina, Acme, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 10 banana peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 112 calories, 9g fat (5g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 158mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .


  1. Cut peppers in half lengthwise; open and lay flat. Remove seeds if desired. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and egg until blended. Stir in the cheddar, mozzarella, onion and pepperoni. Spoon into peppers.
  2. Place in two 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pans and drizzle with oil. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Yield: 20 appetizers.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Hot Pepper Pleasers in Country Woman August/September 2009, p29

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.

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bearhead59 253644
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

"I tried this last weekend for my sons birthday they went over great! None leftover for me either."

BarbieVA 184746
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2014

"This is great! Made them on the grill, low and slow. Kept warm this way The go fast. I freeze peppers all the time. They are best used in recipes where they will be cooked somehow later. This one went into the personnel cookbook."

sstetzel 182887
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"[quote user="buffalonana"] If this isn't possible, how can a freeze them for use at a much later date?[/quote]

I think you could halve and seed them, freeze them individually (like on a cookie sheet) and then take them out, fill them frozen and bake them.  I don't think I'd freeze them filled, the cheese might not play nice with the freezer."

buffalonana 184745
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2012

"I'd love to make this recipe for a party at the end of this month. The hot peppers are  "ready" NOW.  How can I keep them fresh until I want to use them?  If this isn't possible, how can a freeze them for use at a much later date?"

iquilt1 167614
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2012

"Wonderful!!! Did not have pepperoni (thanks hubby), did not have onion, but had all other ingredients and they were wonderful!!! Absolutely will make again - maybe with all the ingredients next time."

weegeordies 115305
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2012

"I have made this a few times already, and will make it again. If you like it HOT, leave the seeds in! this is soooo good!"

rrpinin 117690
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Great recipe."

AdrienneMetz 115304
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

"I made these with hot banana peppers from my garden and they turned out GREAT. Can't wait to have them again. I did leave out the egg because of an allergy but they turned out just fine with out it."

littlemamie 115302
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

"These are so good! I used hot, banana and Jalapeno peppers. Very good. Highly recommend!"

pursegirl 115300
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I tried this recipe it was very good, but you should add salt and a little bit more meat. But over all it was good."

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