Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites & 50 Tailgating Recipes #SundaySupper

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

 Are you ready for some football?

I am. But not for the reason you think. There is nothing more fun that tailgating with friends before the big game. I don’t so much care for the actual game. I’m definitely a football widow at this time of year, as my husband adores the game, but not me. Nope.

But give me some good food and some friends and I’m good to go.

This weeks #SundaySupper is all about tailgating food and there are some pretty amazing treats in store for you today! (list is at the bottom).

I chose these banana pepper bites because as I’ve mentioned before, my pepper plants are flourishing this year and I have an overabundance of these babies. I’m pulling about 5-10  day and I’ve pickled some, frozen some and made banana pepper poppers at least a dozen times and I’m running out of ideas.

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites were born!

One afternoon after the three youngest had returned back to school, I had my two oldest teens at home and we were hungry and REALLY needed to get to the store for some lunch meat and other groceries. But that morning I had pulled a bunch off, and had everything else I needed to make some banana pepper bites.

I let my cream cheese soften for about 30 minutes, threw it in my mixer, added a whole bunch of stuff and then baked these babies up. We’ve made them about a half dozen times since. They were a huge  hit and my kids LOVE them and request them often. We make them with bacon sometimes, so feel free to add some if you’d like, but I didn’t in this particular recipe. You do it whichever way you’d like!

These are great anytime, but would be especially awesome for tailgating. We took them to an event recently, and I just filled up a huge plastic soup thermos (okay three of them) with these little bites and it kept them warm until we got there and served them.

Perfect snack!

Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites & 50 Tailgating Recipes #SundaySupper
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Serves: 40-50 little bites
  • 15-20 banana peppers
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tablespoons of green onions, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic, minced (or garlic powder)
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • a pinch of salt & pepper
  • ¼ c. bacon, chopped (optional)
  • 1 sandwich sized bag
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 8 oz. panko
  • seasoning for panko (if desired)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Clean the peppers. Chop the top and bottom off.
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  4. Gently remove the seeds and rinse clean to get any hidden seeds.
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  6. In a bowl, thoroughly combine the cream cheese, green onions, garlic, salt & pepper. Add the bacon if you are using it.
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  9. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into a sandwich bag and seal tight.
  10. Snip off one corner and pipe the mixture into each banana pepper. Sometimes it doesn’t get all the way down, that’s okay you’ll get it filled in moment.
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  12. Once each banana pepper is filled, slice into desired amount. We cut ours into quarter slices to make them easily bite size, but you could cut them in half. If you notice they don’t have any cream cheese in them, just go ahead and fill them up now that they are cut.
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  15. Take two bowls, put the beaten eggs in one and the panko in the other. If you want to mix some seasoning into the panko for added flavor, do that now. (I use Old Bay Seasoning, about 1-2 teaspoons)
  16. Stuffed Banana Pepper Coins
  17. Dip the pepper coins carefully into the beaten egg.
  18. Spoon the Panko over the banana pepper bites to cover as completely as possible.
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  20. Place the pepper bites onto a baking sheet covered in foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
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  22. Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with dipping sauce.
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Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites

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  1. says

    These are genius, Nicole! I adore everything about them. The pepper, the cheese filling, the crunchy baked outside. The food is my favorite part of any game watching gathering too!

  2. says

    Sooo happy to have these gems as a go-to for delicious appetizer food for parties and get-togethers. Thank you, Nicole!

    P.s. Do you agree that being a football widow is not such a bad thing? It’s a perfect time to escape for some retail therapy while football fans are yelling at TVs =)

  3. says

    Love me some banana peppers. Stuffing them with cheese then baking for a crispy, crunchy bite is fabulous!! Only problem is waiting for them to cool down enough to eat. I’d probably burn my mouth by not wanting to wait.

  4. says

    What a great use for your pepper bounty! Sounds like it’s a recipe that endlessly adaptable based on what filling ingredients you might have on hand. And I really like how you made them into “bites” instead of whole stuffed peppers.

  5. says

    So I have 3 banana pepper plants and I am so annoyed that they are producing the peppers so randomly. I have 3 I can pick but the rest are tiny. We have been craving banana poppers for a while but I just can’t seem to produce enough to make a full batch. I wonder if I could freeze the filling and just use it as the peppers grow.

  6. Katie says

    Have had a bumper crop of HOT banana peppers this year
    tried these last night and they were awesome
    I just went ahead and sliced my peppers in bite size pieces 1st and put cheese mixture in with a small spoon. Worked great.


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