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Hot Pepper Pleasers

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min.

Makes

20 appetizers

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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.
Peppers (Hot)
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

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

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