Do you like peppers? I like the milder ones, and the banana peppers are coming in strong at my house, so I decided to simply use a couple of the peppers in this week's tea sandwich recipe. And after last week's play-with-your-food fun with the Tomato Roses, this week I decided to make Banana Pepper Teapots!
I actually had the idea a while back: Why not see if my good old Linzer cookie cutters with the teapot insert could chop a tiny chunk of raw vegetable? After slitting and flattening one of the peppers, I simply used the cookie cutter insert on a cutting board to press out a teapot-shaped piece. Easy! When I looked online, I noticed that the pairing of banana peppers, cream cheese and bacon seemed to get a lot of good reviews, so here's how I made my spread.
Banana Pepper & Bacon Spread
1 (3-ounce) block cream cheese
2 banana peppers, seeded and chopped coarsely
1 tablespoon prepared bacon bits
Salt and pepper to taste
Combine first three ingredients in food processor just until blended. You still want to see some chunks of the peppers. Add salt and pepper to taste.