Ah...the good ol "popper". Whether you grill them, smoke them, or bake them off in the oven, nothing beats a popper. Today was Pizza day, so baking it was! There are thousands of ways to stuff a pepper, but personally I've never turned one into a "pizza". The idea came to me while surveying the contents of my fridge....5 lbs of Mozzarella, 2 lbs of Mini Sweet Peppers, and pepperoni....it was fate!
12 mini sweet peppers
1 c mozzarella, finely grated
1/2 c finely chopped pepperoni
1/2 c finely chopped canadian bacon
1/2 c pizza sauce
The amounts here are approximate because you will have a variety of different size peppers. I like to lay my peppers out and see what side they lie the flattest on, that way you will have a more stable pepper. Then you will cut your peppers off diagonally just above the stem line. Now remove what few seeds are inside.
Next dice up the pepperoni and canadian bacon and grate your cheese and mix with pizza sauce altogether in a bowl, it's just that simple.
Now gently press as much filling inside each pepper as you can, leaving it heaping on top.
Bake in a preheated 425° oven for about 20 min. If grilling or smoking, time will depend on temp of grill or smoker.
Let me tell you, these are ADDICTING! If eating while still hot, be sure to use a napkin, they are juicy. The juiciness subsides as they cool. So next time you're in the mood for some pizza flavored goodness, give these a try. Much less work than making pizza from scratch, but all the awesome flavor you get in a pizza. Play a little, try to mix and match your own filling ingredients.
Here are a few more "poppers" you might like to try: