Make these crowd-pleasing handheld queso-filled mini peppers. These treats are super delicious and truly versatile, they can be made gluten-free and can be low-carb.
Author: A Hint of Rosemary
Pepper Jack Cheese
Pickled Jalapeño Peppers
or Gluten-Free Panko Breadcrumbs
Ground Black Pepper
Fresh Cilantro Leaves
Preheat the broiler on high with the oven rack about 5-inches from heat. Toss the
Mini Peppers (2 pckg)
Olive Oil (1 Tbsp)
Kosher Salt (1/2 tsp)
, arrange them in a single layer on an aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
Broil until the tops are lightly charred, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Let cool to room temperature for 30 minutes.
Reduce the oven temperature to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
Using the same foil-lined baking sheet, flip over each pepper so that the charred side is on the bottom. Cut and remove the top third of each pepper from stem end to tip.
Reserve the cut-off piece for another use. Scoop out the membranes and seeds, and discard. Drain off any excess moisture.
Whisk together the
Pepper Jack Cheese (1 packet)
Evaporated Milk (1/2 cup)
in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Whisk until smooth for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the
Cream Cheese (4 Tbsp)
Pickled Jalapeño Peppers (1/4 cup)
Spoon about a teaspoon of cheese mixture into each pepper, adjust accordingly depending on the size of the pepper. Do not overfill.
Bake until the tops are golden for 10 to 12 minutes.
Meanwhile, melt the
Unsalted Butter (2 Tbsp)
in a skillet over medium. Add the
Panko Breadcrumbs (1/2 cup)
Ground Black Pepper (1/4 tsp)
cook, stirring, until golden brown, 3 more minutes.
Sprinkle the filled mini peppers with the panko mixture and
Fresh Cilantro Leaves (2 Tbsp)
To Make Ahead: Place filled peppers in a baking dish; cover and chill 1 day. Bake, covered, at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 10 minutes, and then uncover and bake 3 more minutes. Top with panko mixture and cilantro.
A Note on the Pickled Jalapeños: The jalapeños give the final dish quite a bit of kick. If you're not into that, replace them with chopped mild banana rings or sweet pickled pepper. Or if you prefer more heat, use chopped fresh jalapeños instead.
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