10 Creative Ways to Use Banana Peppers


Banana Pepper Poppers

JalapeƱo poppers have been popular among bar food junkies for eons. The peppers are split open, typically filled with cream or cheddar cheese, and battered and deep fried. If you're a fan, you'll probably love banana pepper poppers, too.

Wash the banana peppers and pat dry. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Fill each half with cream cheese. Here comes the good part. Wrap a small (about a third of a slice) piece of bacon around each pepper and stick a toothpick through to hold. Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees until the bacon is crispy. Warning: These are addictive!

For variations on the theme, mix in shredded cheeses like parmesan, Gouda or Monterey Jack. Forgo the bacon altogether if you don't eat meat or don't like bacon. Or, top the cream cheese mixture with bread crumbs. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika.