#SundaySupper Small Bites for Entertaining: Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos

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Small Bites Entertaining at Home

Every once in a while, I plan a weekend dinner that consists of nothing but finger foods/small bites.  For some reason, my kids love the small bites dinner idea and eat really well.  One of my husband’s favorites on finger–food night is my Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos.

“Jalapeno Poppers” have become so popular in American cuisine that they appear on most restaurant menus.  Most are stuffed with cheese and fried, some are wrapped in bacon, and I’ve even seen some stuffed with crab and wrapped in bacon. The homely jalapeno popper has become the epitome of decadent bar food. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of fried jalapeno poppers, but I love the flavor of the jalapenos once they’ve been baked or grilled.

This particular small bite jalapeno has become so popular in our family that there is rarely a get together where they aren’t served.  These days, the Sausage Stuffed Jalapeno making is primarily in the hands of my brother. He seems to have the patience and diligence to clean the jalapenos.

Sausage Stuffed Jalapenos
1 lb. jalapenos
1 lb. ground sausage–not Italian or maple
8 oz. cream cheese–softened
1 clove garlic-finely minced
salt & pepper to taste

To clean & prep jalapenos, leave the stem on and cut each pepper lengthwise.  Then, with a spoon or paring knife, remove all seeds and veins/membranes (this is where the heat is).

In a large nonstick skillet, brown sausage.  Remove from heat and drain fat. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, cooked (hot) sausage, and minced garlic.  The heat from the sausage will help it to incorporate with the cream cheese.  When  fully incorporated, spoon a generous helping of sausage-cream cheese into each jalapeno half.  Place jalapenos on a foil lined cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until filling has browned slightly and peppers have become visibly softened.

Remove and allow to cool for about 5 minutes…if you can wait that long. The filling will be insanely hot, so  ff you can’t wait, try eating with your mouth open and sucking in air at the same time.  It should help to limit the poppers scalding your tongue.

If you’re planning a party or your own small bites dinner, check out these small bites recipes from our friends with Sunday Supper.

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