This is one of those recipes that is an instant hit with any crowd of football lovers. Especially in Buffalo. Stuffed banana peppers are a way of life around here. Almost as much as chicken wings. Some variation of stuffed banana peppers can be found on just about every menu in the city, and you can probably see why. What’s better than a variety of cheese and herbs (sometimes sausage, too) stuffed into big and spicy banana peppers, then broiled until blistered and oozing with cheese. They make a great base for a big day of tailgating outside the stadium. Or, if you’re hanging out at home they’ll be perfect for a big day of sitting on your couch, staring at the TV, and flipping through the NFL package channels, trying to find a game that’s not on commercial break.
These stuffed peppers are super simple to make. In fact, you could even make them the night before and then just broil them on game day. Plus, we’re sharing a couple of tricks and tips to help stuff these peppers with success. First, use a pair of disposable gloves for preparing and stuffing the peppers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cut peppers, scraped out the seeds, and then later rubbed my eyes (or tried to take out my contacts) forgetting that I had just handled multiple hot peppers. It’s so not fun to watch the TV when your eyes are practically on fire. Next, use the end of a spoon or fork to remove the seeds from the pepper, instead of trying to scrape them out with your fingers. This will easily remove the seeds and ensure that you don’t split the pepper.
Our next tip is to use a knife to cut a slit at the bottom of the peppers. This will help the hot air escape from the pepper as they are broiling, instead of pushing all of the cheese up and out of the pepper. The last (and most important) trick is to fill the peppers by rolling the cheese mixture into a log that is approximately the same size as the pepper. Then simply stick the cheese mixture log into the pepper and push it down to the pepper’s tip. This eliminates the need to jam big spoonfuls the cheese mixture into the very bottom of the pepper, which never works out well. You definitely want the mixture to fill every bit of the pepper, not just the top. No one likes an understuffed pepper.
Use these tricks and the peppers will practically stuff themselves! This spicy appetizer is a perfect way to kick off Super Snackin’ Sunday. All you need now is your favorite beverage to wash down all of that cheesy, spicy goodness.
Lucky for you, I already have you covered with a great way to use up any leftovers from this Super Snackin’ Sunday. It’s our quick and easy Stuffed Banana Pepper & Chicken sandwiches. In fact, this recipe is one of the most viewed posts on our blog! And, I can see why. How can you not love turning appetizers into a full-fledged dinner!? This sandwich uses the leftover banana peppers, some roasted chicken, and two big slices of hearty ciabatta bread. If you haven’t prepared these sandwiches for your family yet, what are you waiting for? There’s football on Monday, too!
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