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Hot Pepper Pleasers Recipe

Hot Pepper Pleasers Recipe

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. YIELD:20 servings


  • 10 banana peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup 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


  • 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 15x10x1-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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Hot Pepper Pleasers

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bearhead59 User ID: 8921874 253644
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2016

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

BarbieVA User ID: 3388747 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 User ID: 158954 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 User ID: 4800215 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 User ID: 4094174 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 User ID: 5006686 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 User ID: 1079526 117690
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"Great recipe."

AdrienneMetz User ID: 6123894 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 User ID: 1059101 115302
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2011

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

pursegirl User ID: 6068500 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."

Rube1234 User ID: 1260707 125939
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"I made this recipe yesterday with hot Hungarian Wax peppers from our garden. Delicious! Next time, I may try bacon instead of pepperoni, but I will definitely make them again!"

crazyplantlady User ID: 6064593 184457
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"made last night with fresh peppers out of the garden - i had sweet banana, my husband had hungarian hot wax - delish!!"

superduper-cook User ID: 5119131 101087
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"this was excellent and so easy to put together, would definitely make it again"

jim10000 User ID: 3579448 184456
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2011

"Loved it. try it on the grill it is awesome"

jllove User ID: 1407405 117679
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"Forgot! we also add garlic powder or salt!"

jllove User ID: 1407405 184743
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"We make this with jalapenos but use bacon instead of pepperoni and no egg. We also use fiesta (mexican) cheese. These are sooo good!"

ElizabethCarolKnapp User ID: 4115053 166028
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"This really worked in a chicken recipe! My husband just loved them too!"

Geri Greene User ID: 4847076 184454
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"This one is a great way to combine a little fire with cheese in a finger food. Great new addition to a snack tray."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.