One Sweet® Pepper Popper
Ideal for entertaining, these sweet poppers are loaded with flavor – literally!
3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black peppercorns
10 One Sweet® peppers, halved and seeds removed
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack
1/4 cup grated medium cheddar
1/2 red finger chili, seeded and finely minced
3 slices cooked bacon, finely chopped (reserve 1 chopped piece for garnish)
1 tbsp green onion, finely chopped (reserve green parts for garnish)
kosher salt freshly ground black peppercorns to taste
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a small bowl, mix together panko breadcrumbs, butter, paprika, salt, and pepper, ensuring the butter coats the panko evenly. Set aside.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, Monterey Jack, cheddar, chili, bacon, and green onion to evenly combine. Season filling with salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon about a tablespoon of filling into each pepper half and place on lined baking sheet. If the pepper doesn’t lay flat, slice a very thin piece from the bottom to create a level surface.
Spoon a small amount of panko topping over cream cheese filling. Bake peppers for 18-20 minutes, until filling is bubbly and warm and peppers are just cooked but not too soft. (For additional browning, you can also broil for the last minute, keeping close eye on the topping.)
Remove from heat. Let peppers cool down slightly and garnish with reserved chopped bacon and green onion. Serve immediately.