Pepper Shooters

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


2 dozen

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
Try one of these savory pepper shooters for a tantalizing array of flavors. It's like an antipasto platter all in one bite.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


  • 24 pickled sweet cherry peppers
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, finely chopped
  • 2-3/4 ounces thinly sliced hard salami, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Cut tops off peppers and remove seeds; set aside. In a small bowl, combine the cheese, salami and pesto; spoon into peppers. Drizzle with oil. Chill until serving.
Pepper Shooters Tips

What else can you put in pepper shooters?

You can swap out the fresh mozzarella and hard salami in these pepper shooters for countless other options. Try shredded or diced provolone, olives, pepperoni, goat cheese, diced tomatoes and even croutons.

What can you serve with pepper shooters?

Give these Italian appetizers a try, or make your pepper shooters part of a charcuterie board. Not sure what to drink with pepper shooters? Take a look at our food and drink pairing guide.

Can you make pepper shooters ahead of time?

These would work really well as a make-ahead dish! Just assemble up to 1 day ahead of time, cover and store in the fridge until ready to serve. Drizzle with olive oil before serving and they'll be good to go!

Shannon Norris, Taste of Home Senior Food Stylist

Nutrition Facts

1 appetizer: 55 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 313mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.