Ham and Cheese Pepper Poppers

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
16 poppers
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 16 jarred sweet piquante peppers, such as Peppadew
  • 2 Cheddar cheese sticks
  • 2 slices deli ham
  • About 3 cups canola oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions
  • Pat the peppers dry with a paper towel and set aside.

  • Wrap each cheese stick with a slice of ham, then slice the wrapped sticks into approximately 1/2-inch cubes. Stuff the wrapped cheese cubes into the peppers.

  • Heat the oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot to 350 degrees F.

  • Set up a breading station using pie pans or plates. Put the flour in the first pie pan, then whisk together the egg and 2 tablespoons water in the second pie pan. In the third, mix together the panko, salt and pepper. Run each stuffed pepper through the breading station: lightly coat in the flour, dip in the egg wash and thoroughly coat in the panko.

  • Fry the peppers in batches in the hot oil until the breading is lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with a paper towel. Serve hot.


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