3-Ingredient Cream Cheese & Cherry Pepper Bites
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.Advertisement
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.
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.
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.
Equipment: Mini muffin tin (24 cups); 2-inch biscuit cutter