Paisan Poppers

by Al Baker
(Milwaukee, WI, USA)


I came up with these appetizers as an alternative to the heavy, fried jalapeno poppers popular at many restaurants. They were an instant hit at a pot luck family gathering and have since become mandatory at family celebrations and tailgate parties. The recipe is easily multiplied to serve larger groups.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup capicolla, finely diced (*see note)
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 T Italian seasoning
  • 1 T shredded romano cheese
  • Olive oil

    PREPARATION

  • Combine capicolla and mozzarella in a small bowl.
  • With a small paring knife cut a lengthwise slit in the side of each of the peppers and carefully remove the seeds.
  • Stuff each pepper with a heaping teaspoonful of the meat/cheese mixture.
  • Combine the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning and Romano cheese.
  • Arrange peppers on a baking sheet and sprinkle tops with the bread crumb mixture.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the peppers and place under broiler until cheese is melted and the tops are golden brown (approximately 4 minutes).
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

    NOTE

    Capicolla is an Italian ham available at Italian delis and larger grocery stores. This recipe works equally well with prosciutto or salami in place of the capicolla.

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    Sep 30, 2009
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    Salami
    by: Smaba

    I can't find cappicola where I live but hard salami is good.

    Sep 30, 2009
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    Perfect!
    by: Peanut

    These will be the perfect addition to my antipasto platter!

    Sep 30, 2009
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    Freeze them?
    by: Anonymous

    Hi i was wondering if you could make a large batch of these and freeze them for when you want a snack

    Sep 30, 2009
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    Good recipe.
    by: Old Bill

    Sounds good, well written and easy to follow. Thank you.

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Intrigued.
    by: Marv S.

    I was intrigued by this recipe, but I'm not a big fan of pepperoncini peppers. It's a textural thing, so I made the recipe with bottled cherry peppers and I loved them. REALLY loved them.

    Sep 26, 2009
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    mozzarella?
    by: Cheesehead

    I love any kind of cheese but thought poppers had to be either cream cheese or cheddar cheese. The mozzarella with the pepperoncini is just great.

    Sep 26, 2009
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    ATE THEM ALL
    by: Judy blue eyes

    I made a batch for my family but ate them all before I could serve them. Guess the others will have to make their own

    Sep 26, 2009
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    HOLY CAPICOLA
    by: MONGO

    Tried them with capicola, Prosciuto, and salami. Capicola was best, but all three were great.

    Sep 26, 2009
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    CHILLING
    by: PACKER BACKER

    CHILLING OUT, WATCHING THE PACKER GAME, DRINKING BEER, AND EATING PAISAN POPPERS. LIFE CAN'T GET BETTER!!!

    Sep 24, 2009
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    Yummmm!!!!
    by: WJW

    I LOVE hot and spicy, and I LOVE these Paisan Poppers! I couldn't believe when I plugged in "Paisan jalapeno" in Google, this recipe popped up! I REALLY wanted a jalapeno dish Italian style and this mouthwatering snack hit the spot! Thanks, man!

    Aug 14, 2009
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    Awesome Poppers
    by: Lady D

    These poppers are GREAT. Easy to make, awesome flavor. I assembled them ahead of time and took them to a cook-out. I lined the grate of the grill with heavy duty foil and heated them up that way. They turned out perfect!!! Thanks for a great new appetizer recipe, keep them coming.

    Jul 30, 2009
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    GREAT
    by: DDB

    Using pepperoncini instead of jalapenos is a great idea. Super flavor.

    Jul 30, 2009
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    SUPER RECIPE
    by: routesuper

    DELICIOUS!!! Made them for a cookout and everybody loved them, even my wife who isn't crazy about regular poppers.

    Jul 29, 2009
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    Awesome stuff!
    by: Anne G.

    I just made these and they turned out great! You're right. EVERYONE loved them! Thanks for the terrific recipe!!!

    Jul 29, 2009
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    Yipes!
    by: Stumpy Gray

    Had everything on hand but the meat, made them with some smoked ham we had in the fridge and they were great!

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