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.
- 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)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Clean the peppers. Chop the top and bottom off.
- Gently remove the seeds and rinse clean to get any hidden seeds.
- In a bowl, thoroughly combine the cream cheese, green onions, garlic, salt & pepper. Add the bacon if you are using it.
- Spoon the cream cheese mixture into a sandwich bag and seal tight.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- Dip the pepper coins carefully into the beaten egg.
- Spoon the Panko over the banana pepper bites to cover as completely as possible.
- Place the pepper bites onto a baking sheet covered in foil. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Bake for about 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm with dipping sauce.
Warm Ups (Appetizers):
- Bacon and Onion Dip by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Chicken Fajita Dip and Quesadillas by Chocolate Moosey
- Crab Rangoons by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Double Cheese Dill Scones by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Fried Yucca With Pink Sauce by Basic N Delicious
- Grilled Corn Dip by Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Grilled Gameday Nachos by Supper for a Steal
- Homemade Potato Chips w/ Blue Cheese Sauce by girlichef
- Liptauer Cheese Spread by Magnolia Days
- Mahogany Baked Chicken Wings by The Dinner-Mom
- Mexican Corn Dip by Growing Up Gabel
- Pizza Dip by Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Posh Pigs In a Blanket by The Weekend Gourmet
- Pretzel Nuggets by I Run For Wine
- Roasted Garlic & Tomatillo Salsa Verde by Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Savory Baked Pinwheel’s by The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Sesame Glazed Cauliflower “Wings” by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Stuffed Banana Pepper Bites by Daily Dish Recipes
- Sweet Potato Hummus by Alida’s Kitchen
- Sweet Potato Skins by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- VJ Catch-erole by My Other City By The Bay
Game Time (Main Dishes and Sides):
- 1,2,3,4,5 Chinese Spareribs by The Urban Mrs
- Bacon Burger Sliders by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Beef on Weck by Healthy. Delicious.
- Carrot Slaw by The Foodie Army Wife
- Cheerwine BBQ Pulled Pork by Nik Snacks
- Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Quesadillas by Cookin’ Mimi
- Chicken, Brie and Apple Turnovers by Shockingly Delicious
- Easy Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches by Momma’s Meals
- French Onion Chicken Sandwiches by Foxes Love Lemons
- Frito Olé by Home Cooking Memories
- Gomoku Treasure Rice by NinjaBaking.com
- Grilled Fajita Kebabs by CuriousCuisiniere
- Hatch Chile Pimento Cheese Burgers by Juanita’s Cocina
- Italian Tuna and Shells Salad by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Pressed Brick Sandwich by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pulled Lamb Barbecue Sandwiches by The Texan New Yorker
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup by Neighborfood
- Smoky Turkey Burgers by Webicurean
- Snorker and Spicy Slaw Sandwiches by Food Lust People Love
- Tandoori BBQ Chicken by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Tortilla Hot Dogs by La Cocina de Leslie
Overtime (Drinks and Desserts):
- Coconut Funfetti Ice Cream Cake by What Smells So Good?
- Funfetti Sugar Cookies by Pies and Plots
- Individual Elvis Pies by Treats & Trinkets
- Portuguese Sangria by Family Foodie
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