Homemade Stuffed Hot Banana Peppers
Recently we went to a local farm near the Pittsburgh area and bought a half of a bushel of hot banana peppers (about 13 lbs for $8) to make stuffed hot banana peppers and a basket of green tomatoes to make our Bacon, Lettuce, and fried green Tomatoes with Cheese Sandwiches. Despite making 2 batches of these stuffed hot banana peppers, we still have A TON of peppers. Do you have any recipes or dishes you like to make with hot banana peppers?
What you need:
- Pyrex 9 x 13 glass baking dish
- 8-10 large hot banana peppers
- 1 1/2 lbs of bulk hot sausage (or take hot sausage links out of the casing). Find in advance, where to get sausage casings that are all natural.
- 1 package (8 oz. But you will only use half) of Mozzarella cheese slices
- 1 (24 oz.) jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (we used Ragu Parmesan Romano
- Aluminum foil
- 2 wooden tooth picks for each pepper.
When you are picking out your hot banana peppers, try find banana peppers that are long and rounded. If they are not rounded enough, it can make stuffing the banana peppers with hot sausage difficult.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and wash the hot banana peppers in hot water before you start.
After you have the banana peppers washed, use a cutting knife and cut the pepper about a half of an inch from the top.
After you have the hot banana peppers cut, take a smaller paring knife and clean the inside of the main part of the pepper. If you like it hotter, save some of the seeds to add to the sauce later on. There is no need to clean the seeds out of the top of the pepper unless you want to.
Once you have cut and cleaned all of the hot banana peppers, take the bulk hot sausage and use your hands to stuff it into the peppers. Start off with a small amount of sausage and stuff it down as far as you can into the bottom of the hot pepper. Continue doing this until the whole hot banana pepper is slightly over-filled with hot sausage. (note: If you are unable to find bulk hot sausage you can always buy hot sausage links and cut the meat out of the casing.)
Now that the hot banana peppers are filled, place the top of the pepper over the sausage. To hold it all together, take 2 of the wooden toothpicks and slide one through the side and top of the hot banana pepper, then repeat that on the opposite side of the pepper and lay them in the glass baking dish.
Once you have all of your stuffed hot banana peppers laying in the dish side by side, take your favorite spaghetti sauce (we used Ragu Parmesan & Romano) and pour it evenly over top of the hot banana peppers.
Take the aluminum foil and tightly cover the dish.
Put into the oven for 45 minutes.
Once the additional 15 minutes are up, take the dish out of the oven and allow to sit and cool for 5 minutes. You can either eat right away, or allow it to cool further and transfer to a freezer safe container for storage in the refrigerator or freezer!
Don’t forget to share this recipe with your spicy food loving friends.
Do you have a favorite recipe using hot banana peppers? Feel free to share them or link to them in the comments below.
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