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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Homemade Pepper Poppers

Friends of ours gave us a bunch of yummy things from their garden, including several peppers.  Since I'm the only one who really likes peppers, I decided to make some pepper poppers to enjoy for lunch. They turned out pretty good, and I am not ashamed to say I ate them all myself.

  • 1-2 slices of bread, pulsed through a blender or food processor to make bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • garlic, onion powder, red pepper flakes to taste
  • small assorted peppers (obviously)
Slice peppers open and take out all seeds.  For jalapenos, cutting in half is easiest.  For larger peppers, you can just cut a slit along one side so they form a curvy pocket for the filling.  Put them open side down and drizzle a bit of oil over the top.  Pop in the oven for a few minutes at about 375 degrees to get them to start softening.  Mine were in there for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your bread crumbs, and add the cheese and spices.

Take the peppers out of the oven, flip them over with tongs, and spoon filling into each one.  It's totally acceptable to make a mess on the pan to get them nice and full.  Pop them back in the oven for 5-10 more minutes, until everything is melty and toasty and yummy.

While not exactly like the store-bought poppers, these are quite delicious, and pretty simple to make.  Recipe experiment success!

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