These Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos are the perfect appetizer – jalapeño halves that are filled with a sausage and cheese mixture for a cheesy and spicy appetizer bite. Perfect for game day or for company.
Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos
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 sports.
But one thing I am into is the food. Always the food. 🙂
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 Sausage 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?
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!!
If you are a stuffed jalapeno lover, this is a must try!
How to Make Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos
- The hardest part about this stuffed jalapeno recipe is halving the jalapenos and removing the seeds. Make sure you wear gloves so that you don’t end up with spicy fingers! Once the jalapenos are halved and seeded, this is what you do:
- Cook the sausage in a skillet until it is browned and cooked through.
- Put the cream cheese and the Parmesan cheese in a bowl. Add the cooked sausage to the cheeses, then add in the sage and the parsley. Stir these all together.
- Take each of the jalapeno halves and fill them with the sausage filling. Place the filled halves on a baking sheet or in a baking dish.
- Bake them in a preheated oven until the jalapenos are slightly soft and the filling should be browned, about 30 minutes.
- Serve them warm!
Can you make stuffed jalapenos ahead of time?
While you won’t want to make them from start to finish ahead of time, you can do some prep to make them super easy when it’s game time.
- You can make the filling ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. You will want to let it come to room temperature for about half an hour so it is soft enough to scoop to fill the jalapenos. Along with this, you could half and de-seed the jalapenos ahead of time, as well.
- You could fill the jalapenos, but not bake them until right before you are ready to serve them. I wouldn’t do this too far in advance because it would be hard to keep them covered and refrigerated, but this would make it really easy to just pop them into the oven.
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These Sausage Stuffed Jalapeños are the perfect appetizer – jalapeño halves that are filled with a sausage and cheese mixture for a cheesy and spicy appetizer bite. Perfect for game day or for company.
- 16 oz 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
- 1 lb jalapeños, halved and seeded
- Place the sausage in a a medium skillet and cook until browned, breaking up as you cook it. Drain, if necessary.
- Place the cream cheese and parmesan in a medium bowl. Pour the sausage over the cheeses and mix to combine. Stir in the parsley, sage, and red pepper flakes.
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Fill each jalapeño half with some of the sausage mixture. Place on a baking dish. Bake until lightly browned, about 30 minutes.
Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.
- Serving Size: 1 jalapeno half
- Calories: 44
- Sugar: 1 g
- Sodium: 86 mg
- Fat: 3 g
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 1 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 3 g
- Cholesterol: 10 mg
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