This stuffed banana pepper dip recipe has all the flavors of a stuffed banana pepper appetizer from a fancy restaurant. However, it's made into a fun dip form making it easier to share with the group.
One of my husband's favorite restaurant appetizers is stuffed banana peppers. So when we were going to a party I thought I'd try making a dip out of the same ingredients.
What are Banana Peppers?
Banana peppers are relatively mild peppers as far as the heat index goes. However, if you are like me then you probably know that there seems to be a mystery among peppers. How many times have you had a stuffed banana pepper at a restaurant that was really hot and other times not hot at all. I find this same phenomenon with jalapeno peppers.
However, like many vegetables or edible plants, you will find different varieties of similar plants. For example, the hot Hungarian wax pepper is often considered a banana pepper and they are a little hotter but make a great substitution for this dip.
How to Make Hot Banana Pepper Dip
For this dip I start by charring the peppers. That gave them a nice smoky flavor.
How to Char Peppers
Hold the pepper over an open flame on the stove with tongs turning slowly until it starts to blister all over. If you don't have a gas stove you could grill the peppers instead.
Or, if you want, you can skip this step, and I'm pretty sure the dip will still taste great.
Next chop up the peppers removing the ends, ribs and seeds. You could leave some of the ribs or seeds for a little extra heat.
Saute the peppers with onions and sausage before adding your favorite marinara sauce and cheese.
Sometimes the restaurant will give you some bread to go with the stuffed banana peppers. Everyone loves bread and it can come in handy when the peppers are really hot.
This is why I served slices of french baguette which is easy to find at the bakery section of the grocery store. And, I like the fact that bread is great for absorbing the sauce and cheese from this dish.
Other Side Serving Options
- sliced baguette or Italian bread
- tortilla scoops
- pita chips or bread wedges
- Try using a different meat. Ground beef, hot Italian sausage or even chorizo.
- Mix up the cheeses. Try fresh mozzarella, and/or adding grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.
- Switch out the marinara. Use tomato sauce, and adding in some fresh basil and oregano.
It's spicy, hearty, warm and cheesy. Great party food that will be gobbled up in no time.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
- 1 large clove garlic - grated
- 1 cup diced onions
- 5 large hot banana peppers ~ 1 cup
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- 3/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
- Hold peppers over a flame or place on a grill to char.
- Chop peppers removing ends, rib and seeds.
- Saute onions and garlic in olive oil for about a minute.
- Add sausage and brown for another minute
- Add peppers and continue to saute until they are wilted.
- Add marinara and mix well.
- Add cheese reserving a handful (1/4 cup) for the top.
- Transfer to a serving dish and top with remaining cheese.
- Place under broiler to melt cheese.
- Serve with baguette slices, chips or crackers.
For extra heat, you can include some or all of the ribs and seeds from the peppers.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 289mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g