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Jalapeno halves are filled with a sausage and cheese mixture for a cheesy and spicy appetizer bite.

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos on Taste and Tell

This post has been created in partnership with Jones Dairy Farm.




So, supposedly, there is this little basketball tournament going on. A little thing called March Madness.

If you know me, or if you have been reading here for awhile, you know that I’m not a huge sports person. I’m not against them, and I don’t hate watching them. I think I’m just missing that competitive bone in my body. I always feel sorry for the loser. So yeah, I have a hard time really getting into the competitive aspect of it all, which is a big part of tournaments like this.

But one thing I am into is the food. Always the food. :)

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

So it’s only natural that I start thinking about the best kinds of foods and appetizers for when others are watching the game, right? That’s the part I can always get into. And when I think of sports, and people sitting around cheering on their favorite team, I think of easy, hand-held food. Something that’s not fussy, but is crowd pleasing.

When I first started thinking about it, jalapeno poppers came to mind. I love them. Can’t get enough. Baked or fried – it doesn’t matter. I also knew that I needed to change things up a bit.

The first thing that popped into my mind were my favorite stuffed mushrooms. (Another favorite appetizer!!) And then it hit me – what if I combined the two? What if I filled the jalapenos with the sausage and cream cheese mixture instead of mushrooms?

Sausage Stuffed Jalapeno Appetizers

And luckily, it was a smashing success. Even my husband – who is a self-proclaimed jalapeno hater – ate his fair share of these. They are spicy and full of flavor, and the perfect appetizer for basketball watching, in my opinion. Or for any occasion you need an appetizer. Or serve them up for Friday night dinner – I know I’d be happy with them!!

I used my very favorite sausage in these – the bulk sausage from Jones Dairy Farm. (Wanna know why I love Jones Dairy Farm? I talk all about it here!) The sausage combined with the creamy cheese – oh, goodness. You can’t go wrong!!

If you are a jalapeno popper lover, this is a must try!

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Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: about 40

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

Jalapeno halves are filled with a sausage and cheese mixture for a cheesy and spicy appetizer bite.

Ingredients

  • 1 tube (12 oz) Jones Dairy Farm sausage
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 lb jalapeños, halved and seeded

Instructions

  1. Place the sausage in a a medium skillet and cook until browned, breaking up as you cook it. Drain, if necessary.
  2. Place the cream cheese and parmesan in a medium bowl. Pour the sausage over the cheeses and mix to combine. Stir in the sage, red pepper and the parsley.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  4. Fill each jalapeño half with some of the sausage mixture. Place on a baking dish. Bake until lightly browned, about 20-25 minutes.
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11 Responses to Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

  1. Those look sooo good! I love jalapenos!

  2. These really are just so darn perfect!!

  3. Ooooo, I bet this is good. I’m with you, not a sports fan, but the food, oh the food.

  4. Oh this sounds amazing! Not a huge fan of sausage but hey.. I still want this!

  5. Chels R. says:

    So these look completely awesome but I am deathly afraid of any kind of spicy heat. Back story-I told my dad to shut up when I was like 5 or 6 years old and he told me if I ever said that to him again he would dump tabisco sauce down my throat. So I called his bluff and well- yeah, he poured that hot stuff down my throat. (Hello child protective services, lol) So that kind of was an intense moment-I certainly learned not to call my dad’s bluff again. But ever since then, I’m had an aversion to spicy food. I’m super afraid of it. Like an Anaheim pepper is as far as I go…well, I’ll gut the seeds out of serrano, but I can only eat just a little bit. So here you are posting these deliciously stuffed jalepeno’s when in real life I’m actually faced with another decision right now. Josh and I are going out to dinner tonight and I was trying to decide what I wanted to order off the menu ahead of time when the fish and chips caught my eye up until the jalepeno tarter sauce :( At some point, I need to get over my fear of spice so I can enjoy some of these kinds of recipes you post because I honestly feel like I am missing out!

  6. The men in my family love jalapeno poppers (like they want them for every.single gathering that involves finger foods and appetizers). I love traditional jalapeno poppers but I totally think we could use something new! This recipe might just be the answer!

  7. Joanne says:

    The.Boy hates spicy food but loves stuffed jalapenos, so I really try to capitalize on any opportunity to make them! I know he would love these!

  8. Those would disappear so fast at my house. I love the combo of the sausage and jalapenos!

  9. My husband loves jalapeno peppers, so I just know he will go crazy for this fun filled version!!! They sound delicious!

  10. This is basically the best thing ever.

  11. My English husband hates American sports but loves jalapenos.I’m going to keep these on the list for the World Cup in June where I will, apparently, be watching three football matches a day. Eek!

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