Appetizer Recipes

Swaddled Peppers

Swaddled Peppers are stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in flaky crescent rolls and rolled in Parmesan cheese in this spicy appetizer.

Swaddled Peppers

Prep: 35 min | Bake: 15 min | Yield: 16 appetizers


  • 4 ounces cream cheese (from 8 ounce package), softened
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 8 fresh whole jalapeño chiles*
  • 1 (8 ounce) can Pillsbury® Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 ounces fresh Parmesan cheese, grated (1 cup)


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  2. In small bowl, mix cream cheese, lime peel, cilantro and lime juice until well blended; set aside.
  3. Carefully remove stems from chiles; cut each in half lengthwise.* Remove and discard seeds.
  4. Unroll dough on cutting board; separate into 8 triangles. From center of longest side to opposite point, cut each triangle in half, making 16 triangles.
  5. For each appetizer, spoon 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture into chile half; place chile, cream cheese side down, on dough triangle with point of chile near top point of triangle. Wrap sides of triangle up over chile; pinch to seal. Bring point of triangle down over end of chile to cover; pinch to seal.
  6. In separate shallow dishes, place melted butter and Parmesan cheese. Dip each dough-wrapped chile into butter; roll in cheese to coat. Place on sprayed cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.
  8. Serve warm.


High Altitude (3500-6500 ft)

* Handle jalapeño chiles carefully, as their oil can cause burning. If possible, use food-safe plastic gloves when working with the chiles.


Per serving (1 appetizer): Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 80), Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 5g, Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 320mg; Total Carbohydrate 8g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 3g), Protein 4g
Exchanges: 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2


Recipe and photo used with permission from: Pillsbury
Bake-Off Contest Winner Barb Walters, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Bake-Off® Contest 41, 2004

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