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Bacon-Wrapped Mini Peppers


  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 mini peppers 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Try these Bacon-Wrapped Mini Peppers the next time you are looking for a quick snack or appetizer! This pepper recipe is keto-friendly, low-carb, nut-free, egg-free, coconut-free, gluten-free, and grain-free. Prepped and baked in under an hour, they are the perfect blend of savory, creamy, and crunchy, and bursting with delicious flavor.


Ingredients

Peppers:

  • 10 long, thin-cut bacon slices
  • 5 large mini sweet peppers
  • 2.5 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup (28g) finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp (~27g) Salt-Free Everything Bagel Seasoning, (do not use traditional storebought Everything Bagel seasoning; see Notes section below for homemade salt-free version)

Everything Bagel Dip:

  • ¼ cup (60g) cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup + 2 tbsp (90g) sour cream
  • 1 tbsp (15mL) heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp (~30g) Salt-Free Everything Bagel Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Peppers: Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Lay bacon slices on prepared baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut peppers in half lengthwise, de-seed, and de-vein.
  4. Mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and seasoning. Using a small spoon, fill peppers with filling. If you have extra filling, set it aside.
  5. Remove bacon from oven. Don’t turn oven off. Transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate and allow it to cool slightly before wrapping peppers in bacon and securing with a toothpick. Make sure the toothpick is inserted horizontally then set each filling side-up (to ensure the filling remains inside of the pepper while baking) atop same baking sheet used to cook bacon.
  6. Transfer baking sheet back to preheated oven at 425 degrees, then bake until bacon is crispy, which may take anywhere from 18-25 minutes, depending on thickness of bacon slices.
  7. Everything Bagel Dip: While peppers bake, prepare dip by stirring together all ingredients in a mixing bowl. If you have extra filling, mix it in with the dip (see note below). Transfer dip to refrigerator to chill while peppers finish baking.
  8. Final Steps: Remove peppers from oven, remove toothpicks, and serve with dipping sauce.

Recipe Notes:

Bacon Substitution: Turkey bacon would be the most logical substitution, or you could try pancetta. Note that either of these options may be thinner than pork bacon, so you may need to use more than 1 slice.

Cream Cheese Substitution: You can use vegan cream cheese or, if you consume nuts, almond cream cheese at a 1:1 ratio.

Cheddar Cheese Substitution: Use any finely shredded cheese you have on hand. Shredded Colby or Colby-Jack would be my suggestions.

Salt-Free Everything Bagel Seasoning Substitution: I buy mine from Amazon. If you don’t want to purchase it online, you can make your own salt-free seasoning at home. Note that you need to use Salt-Free Everything Bagel Seasoning, otherwise the peppers will be entirely too salty. If you do not want to order that or would prefer to make your own seasoning at home, follow the instructions to make your own.

Homemade Salt-Free Everything Bagel Seasoning: To make everything bagel seasoning for both the filling and for the dip (storebought is easier, but if you have to make it at home): 1 tbsp + 2 tsp plain sesame seeds, 1 tbsp + 2 tsp black sesame seeds, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp dried minced onion, 1 tbsp + 1 tsp dried minced garlic, 2 tsp poppy seeds

Mayonnaise Substitution: Full-fat Greek yogurt can be substituted for mayonnaise at a 1:1 ratio. Note that this will change the resulting nutritional content, including the net carb content.

Sour Cream Substitution: Full-fat Greek yogurt can be substituted for sour cream at a 1:1 ratio. This substitution will change the resulting nutritional content, including the net carb content.

Heavy Cream Substitution: Use 1 tablespoon of melted butter in place of heavy cream.

If You Have Extra Filling: This is typically because your peppers were on the smaller side). Save it and mix it in with the Everything Bagel Dip you prepare. Just be sure that none of the uncooked bacon is mixed with it.

Net Carbs: These mini pepper contain 1.3 grams of net carbs per serving. The serving size is 1 bacon-wrapped pepper, which is what each recipe, as written, yields 10 bacon-wrapped peppers. Net carbs are calculated by taking total carbs, subtracting fiber, and subtracting sugar alcohols.

Refrigerator Storage: While these peppers are best when eaten fresh, you can store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days and then reheat.

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