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Stuffed Pepper Mummies

Makes 24 (serves 8) (serving size: 3 mummies)

Total Time
1 hr 45 mins

An adorable take on jalapeño poppers, these sweet pepper “mummies” are stuffed with a gently spicy mix of Mexican chorizo, cream cheese, sharp cheddar, and cilantro.

 1/3 cup (3 oz.) bulk Mexican chorizo sausage, or links with casings removed
 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
 8 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
 1/4 teaspoon red chile flakes
  Flour, for rolling out dough
 1 package (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent roll dough (not butter flavor), well chilled
 12 large gypsy peppers (about 4 in. long, also called sweet mini peppers), cut in half lengthwise and seeded, stems intact
 1 large egg, lightly beaten
 1/4 cup sour cream
 2 tablespoons canned sliced black olives, roughly chopped
Step 1

Cook chorizo in a medium frying pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

Step 2

Preheat oven to 400°. In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, cheddar, chorizo, cilantro, and chile flakes.

Step 3

Lightly sprinkle a work surface with flour. Unroll crescent roll dough and lightly roll to about 9 by 13 in. to eliminate seams. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut dough crosswise into 24 strips, each about 1/2 wide.

Step 4

Fill each pepper half with cream cheese mixture, mounding it slightly. Wrap each pepper half all the way around with a strip of dough, leaving space between successive wraps and tucking ends in. Place peppers on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and brush tops of dough with beaten egg.

Step 5

Bake until pastry is golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a platter and let cool about 10 minutes. Using a pastry bag or a resealable plastic bag with the corner cut off, pipe 2 dots of sour cream onto each pepper for eyes. Place an olive piece on each sour cream dot and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 399Calories from Fat 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g48%

Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 650mg28%
Total Carbohydrate 18g6%

Dietary Fiber 0.7g3%
Protein 14g29%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.