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3-Ingredient Cream Cheese & Cherry Pepper Bites

Published Dec 17, 2020 • By Michael Chekroun

3-Ingredient Cream Cheese & Cherry Pepper Bites

Category : Vegetarian

Type : Appetizer

Difficulty : Beginner

Directions : 20 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Price range : Cheap

Ingredients 24 Number of people

1 refrigerated pie crust (1/2 of a 14-ounce package; see Tips)
¼ cup cream cheese, softened
¼ cup chopped sweet cherry peppers (see Tips)
1 TB chopped fresh chives, parsley or cilantro

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.

2. Unroll pie crust onto a clean surface. Roll the dough into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Cut 24 2-inch circles out of the dough with a biscuit cutter, rerolling the scraps if needed. Place the dough circles in the prepared muffin cups, gently pressing the dough into the bottom and sides. Prick the dough with a fork. Bake until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes.

3. Add 1/2 teaspoon cream cheese to each cup, then top each with a scant 1/2 teaspoon chopped cherry peppers. Bake until hot, 3 to 5 minutes more. Let cool for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with herbs, if desired, and serve warm.

Notes/Tips

  • Look for prerolled pie dough (usually a package of 2 crusts) in the refrigerated case at the grocery store. If you have time and enjoy making pastry, you can make your own crust.
  • Look for red and/or green mild (or sweet) cherry peppers in jars near the pickles and olives or at the "olive bar" in well-stocked supermarkets and specialty-food stores.

Source: EatingWell.com, November 2019

 

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