A couple of years ago or so my dad grew these yummy but somewhat spicy banana peppers in our garden. I also had basil in the garden that year, so it was an easy matter to cut the pepper lengthwise, remove the seeds, spread with cream cheese and then sprinkle with snipped basil. Delicious. A great simple “salad” too. :-)
Use non-spicy peppers or spicier peppers
Use cheddar cheese paste instead
Use other fresh herbs: chives, oregano, cilantro, thyme
Add green onions
By the way, the cream cheese helps to moderate the heat.