December Recipes

Sweet & Spicy Mini Poppers

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Plate of Sweet and Spicy Mini Poppers
Hands On:
20 minutes
Total Time:
45 minutes
Serves:
4

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup cranberry relish
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tbsp Hy-Vee brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ tsp Hy-Vee cayenne pepper
  • ½ (8-oz.) pkg. Hy-Vee plain cream cheese, softened
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ tsp Hy-Vee garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp Hy-Vee ground black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp kosher salt
  • 6 mini sweet bell peppers, halved and seeded
  • 1 ½ cups Hy-Vee shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ¾ cup Hy-Vee plain bread crumbs, divided
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Preparation

1
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Combine cranberry relish, water, brown sugar, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan. Simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or until reduced by half; set aside.
2
Combine cream cheese, jalapeño pepper, garlic salt, black pepper, and kosher salt. Place cut peppers, cut sides up, on prepared baking sheet. Spoon cream cheese mixture into pepper halves; top each pepper with 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella and 1 tablespoon plain bread crumbs. Bake 20 minutes; remove from oven.
3
Preheat broiler to HIGH. Broil 4-inches from heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until tops are golden. Top with cranberry mixture just before serving.

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