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May 10, 2015

FRIED HOT STUFFED CHERRY PEPPERS

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Store bought provolone and prosciutto-stuffed hot cherry peppers that are dipped in a batter and panko crumbs and fried until golden brown. This salty, vinegary, and hot appetizer will disappear quickly.
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Do you like hot stuffed cherry peppers? I am a fan. They are pickled and stuffed with provolone cheese and prosciutto. These vessels of deliciousness deliver salty and vinegary flavors as well as heat to your mouth. They are so good! For the longest time, I have wanted to batter and fry them. I finally tried it out this week, and let me tell you, they were as good as I had hope! The texture is wonderful. There is the crispness of the peppers, the smoothness of the cheese, the slight chew of the prosciutto, and the crunch of panko crumbs. This appetizer is a mouthful of flavor and texture that will leave you wanting more.

Fried Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers

Fried Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers

I get cherry peppers ready-made in a jar, so turning them into fried, tasty morsels is quick and easy. And if you equip your pantry with a jar or two, you can whip up these babies anytime. The other ingredients (flour, panko crumbs, cornstarch, S & P, garlic powder, and oil) needed are basic items that are probably already in your pantry. (There is also water, but it doesn't count.)

Have unexpected guests and don't have time to run to the store? No worries! You are ready to impress with some deep fried goodness. Serve these up with beer, margaritas, or any cocktail of your choosing, and your guess won't want to leave. On the other hand, if don't want your guests to linger, then don't serve these or the alcohol—water and crackers will do. But do make these for yourself once they leave! Haha! I don't know why I said that...must be my uncomfortably full stomach talking. I need to go sit in a little time out.

Until next time, be well!

Fried Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers



FRIED HOT STUFFED CHERRY PEPPERS





INGREDIENTS:

24 oz. jar stuffed Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers (I get VEGA)
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 cup water
1 cup panko crumbs
Oil for deep frying



INSTRUCTIONS:

Remove cherry peppers from jar. Shake off liquid, cut-side-down. Pat peppers dry and place on layers of paper towels to soak up excess liquid for at least 10 minutes (the longer it drains, the better). Drier peppers cause less splattering while frying.

Add enough oil to cover the bottom 1 1/2 inches of a medium skillet or saucepan. Preheat oil on medium heat or about 360 degrees F.


Add flour, cornstarch, salt, pepper, and garlic powder into medium bowl. Whisk in water until smooth. Batter should be pancake consistency. Add water, a couple teaspoons at a time, if needed. Place panko crumbs into a small bowl. Dip cherry peppers and coat with batter. Remove with a fork, allowing excess to drip. Place into panko crumbs and coat with a layer of crumbs. Place on a flat surface. Continue coating half of the cherry peppers. 


Gently drop cherry peppers into hot oil. Cook until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes), flipping over halfway through. Remove and drain on layers of paper towels. Continue coating and frying the remaining half of the peppers. Makes about 12-14 fried peppers, depending on size of peppers.







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37 comments:

  1. These look like such delicious bites! They look completely addicting!

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    1. Thanks Marcie! They are tasty and addictive. I'll have to follow my own advice and have it with a glass of margarita the next time. THAT will be even more addictive!

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  2. Oh my gosh, these look amazing! I am drooling over here. I definitely need to try these babies!

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    1. Thanks Annie! So glad that you like how the look. And hopefully, you will like the way the taste too!!

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  3. Wow, these look amazing! Perfect for while watching a movie or any game! So delicious and addicting!

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I totally agree. These little fried goodness are great for TV viewing, game day...or pretty much any time you want a zesty nosh.

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  4. Wow! I've never seen these before, they look like little balls of goodness, sent from heaven.

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    1. Oh my goodness! Thank you for the compliment! I'm so glad you liked it!

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  5. I've never heard of anything like this but I'm drooling over them!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! It was an idea I had, and I'm glad I finally tried it. It is delish!

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  6. This is such a well-timed post. I having been craving something just like this! Love your suggestion to stuff them with provolone and prosciutto!

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    1. If you are looking for something fried, salty, makes you pucker, and has a kick, this is definitely what you're looking for! I'm glad you like it, Kathleen!

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  7. OMG, my mouth dropped open as soon as I read the title of these peppers!! I NEED these. Pronto!!! I love love LOVE anything spicy and I swoon over anything stuffed. These babies have my name written all over them. Perfection! I seriously can not wait to try them! #Drooling

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    1. Hi Cheyanne! I'm so glad you find these drool-worthy! They are really good, especially straight from the fryer. I hope you have some soon, my friend!

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  8. Yummy, I just posted stuffed zuccihini flowers on my blog-will have to try your recipe next!

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so pleased that you want to try it! Please let me know what you think!

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  9. I do love everything stuffed! :) I've never tried friyng any stuffed veggies though since I'm not that fan of any fried food (okay, maybe donuts!), but these guys look so good that I would give them a try!

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    1. Me too! What is it about stuffed food that makes us like it so much? And as far as fried food, I have a love/hate relationship with it...I love eating it, but I hate the guilt I feel afterwards. These babies are worth a try. Let me know if you do! Thanks for stopping by Ben!

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  10. omg totally drooling!! I have been wanting to make my own fried peppers for sometime now but these break all records!! I need a big plate of these please!

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    1. Hi Ami! I'm happy to make you drool...it means I'm doing something right! :)

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  11. These are so impressive. I would never have though of making these from scratch but love the idea!

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  12. This is the perfect fried appetizer, so much flavor and goodness in one place, love it.

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  13. How amazing! My mouth is watering at the sight of the filling and crunchy coating. Bookmarking the recipe for the near future.

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    1. Thank you, Sonali! I hope you'll get a chance to try them!

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  14. We would love these! We do grilled jalapenos stuffed with cheese and bacon a lot, but this would be a different (and yummy!) twist. I'll have to tell my husband about them.

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    1. It sounds like your family might enjoy these! Thanks for stopping by, Carlee!

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  15. What a great appetizer, we will love your Fried Hot Stuffed Cherry Peppers. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. What a fantastic idea! These are much better than jalapeno poppers! I love the prosciutto and provolone going on in here!

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  17. I love cherry peppers and can only imagine that they'd be even better deep fried. :)

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    1. Yes, I think frying anything always make them even better. :)

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  18. Oh wow, Thao. These look like perfection. Excuse me while I grab a napkin, my mouth is watering.

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    1. Haha Dana! Every time I look at them my mouth waters too!

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  19. This is such a great recipe. I make chilli poppers very often with blue cheese and speck :) I will try will this kind of pepper instead.

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    1. Your chili poppers sound amazing, Flore! I'm glad you like these...I hope you'll get a chance to try them. Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. Have to try them...in laws coming over.

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