10 Ways to Use Sweet Mini Peppers

Here are 10 easy ways to incorporate versatile sweet peppers into your big-game celebration or snack on them any day of the week. 

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©© 2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Jackie Alpers ©2016,Television FoodNetwork, G.P.All Rights Reserved

Sweet Mini Peppers, 10 Ways

Bright, colorful and amazingly versatile, the warm, sunny colors of sweet mini peppers brighten up even the coldest winter day. You'll find bags of these snackable peppers near the baby carrots in the supermarket. They are packed with nutrients, pleasingly crunchy and just plain fun to eat, even straight out of the bag. Here are 10 quick and easy ideas for incorporating more of these beauties into your life. 

Nachos

Slice mini peppers in half lengthwise, then spoon on warm cheese sauce and your favorite nacho toppings for a corn-free alternative to tortilla chips, with even more scooping power. 

Pepperonata

Slice peppers into long, thin strips, then saute in olive oil with onions. Toss with balsamic vinegar, fresh oregano, salt and pepper. Serve on grilled garlic bread for an easy and satisfying snack or light meal.  

Pan-Fried, Shishito-Style

Heat olive or coconut oil over high heat in a cast-iron skillet, Sprinkle peppers with enough oil for a thin coating, the toss them in the pan with a pinch of salt. Stir-fry until blistered and warmed. Warning: Open a window first, because the room will get smoky as the peppers cook. Serve with your favorite creamy dipping sauce.

Roasted and Preserved in Olive Oil

Cut peppers in half lengthwise, drizzle with olive oil and roast face-down on a baking sheet at 400 degrees F until soft. Let cool, then pack in jars with olive oil, Italian herbs and garlic. 

Sweet and Savory Tart

Fill a prebaked tart shell with ricotta cheese, drizzle with honey and olive oil, then layer on roasted mini peppers. Garnish with fresh rosemary and a little sea salt. 

Mini Tacos

Slice the ends off of the peppers then cut out a niche on the top of each one, leaving a taco shell-shaped hole. Fill with your favorite fillings. The tacos pictured are stuffed with carne asada, tomatoes, salsa, Mexican crema and crumbly queso fresco. 

Quick Pickles

Bring equal parts water and white vinegar to a boil with a tablespoon of pickling spices and a clove or two of garlic. Let cool, then pour the liquid over raw peppers in jars. Seal, and refrigerate overnight. 

Sweet Pepper Hummus

Remove stems and any seeds from the peppers first, then puree the peppers in a blender or food processor. Fold into prepared hummus and garnish with sesame seeds, pepper slices, a pinch of red pepper flakes and a drizzle of olive oil. 

Sweet Pepper Poppers

Lay peppers on preparation surface. Slice off the front of each one, leaving a deep well and the stems intact. Fill the remaining hole with jalapeno cream cheese for a kick of heat that’s milder than traditional poppers. Top with panko breadcrumbs moistened with melted butter and bake at 400 degrees F until browned. 

Sea Monster

What rises from the depths of your ranch dip? This monster of the deep, flanked by his fish friends. Slice off the stems of a mini sweet pepper. Attach slices of olives with a dab of cream cheese, submerge in prepared dip and decorate with additional pepper slices. The background wave is made from a cabbage leaf.