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 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

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 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.
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 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."

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