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Hot Pepper Pleasers

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 appetizers

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

  • 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.
  • Place in two 15x10x1-in. baking pans and drizzle with oil. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

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