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Spooky Spicy Panko Pepper Fingers

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These spicy, crunchy treats will make your Halloween party sizzle! This recipe from Rachael Ray is one of my family's favorites, you can choose peppers with the heat level you prefer, we like a blend of semi-hot banana peppers and jalapenos. They are breaded and baked in a cheesy panko topping. These pepper fingers will make a great Halloween night in watching scary movies, or, the recipe is easily doubled to serve a crowd.

Original recipe found here: http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe.php?recipe_id=3117 
 
 
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Step 1: Gather ingredients

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You'll need:

a 13-inch x 18-inch baking sheet with a cooling rack fitted inside, spray the rack with a nonstick baking spray. (I line the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.) 

1 1/2 lbs. peppers of your choice, jalapeno, poblano, banana, etc.
1 cup flour, divided
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 
1 cup Panko breadcrumbs (you may need to add more towards the end) 
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (please use the real deal)
Salt and ground black pepper




Step 2: Prepare peppers

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

Wash, stem, halve, seed, and slice the pepper halves in half, or sizes in equal shape to rest of peppers.

It's a VERY good idea to wear gloves during this process, and take it from me, those gloves will retain heat, so DO NOT touch your face or body while wearing them and wash them well in soapy water when done. 

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