RECIPE

Stuffed Cherry Peppers

These peppers can be made hot or sweet – depending on your mood. For a complete meal, serve with Philly Steak Sandwiches and Supreme Pizza Pasta Salad

Ingredients

For the hot stuffed cherry peppers:

  • 8 1/2-inch cubes of pepperoncino (crushed red pepper Italian table cheese) – Asiago or pepato cheese may be substituted, available in specialty cheese case
  • 4 slices cappicola (hot Italian ham), cut in half
  • 8 hot cherry peppers, tops removed and seeded

For the sweet stuffed cherry peppers:

  • 2 slices Prosciutto di Parma
  • 3 ounces herb and garlic spreadable cheese or goat cheese
  • 1 rib celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 sweet cherry peppers, tops removed and seeded

Preparation

For the hot peppers: Wrap the cheese cubes in half of one slice of hot ham. Stuff the ham-wrapped cheese cubes inside the cherry peppers and reset the caps with a toothpick.

For the sweet peppers: Spread each slice of prosciutto with a thin layer of herb and garlic cheese. Cut each slice of ham into four pieces, then wrap a piece of celery inside each strip of ham. Stuff the meat and cheese-wrapped celery into each cherry pepper.

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