I love jalapeno peppers so these spicy appetizers stuffed with cheese and sausage are everything I want in an hors d’oeuvre! I just spent two days with six women that I’ve known since 3rd grade and what a hoot it was! We all were asked to bring some appetizers to share and my friend Beth made these. They’re simple, quick, tasty, and are a great low-carb appetizer recipe.
- fresh jalapenos
- 1 pound of ground sausage, browned and crumbled finely
- 8 ounce package of cream cheese (this works with the reduced fat cream cheese too)
- 1 c. shredded parmesan cheese
Start by slicing all your jalapenos in half and cleaning out the seeds. (Wearing plastic gloves for this process is a great idea, by the way.)
Brown the sausage, drain it, and crumble it as finely as you possibly can.
To the sausage add the cream cheese and the parmesan cheese. Mix thoroughly.
Spoon this cheese and sausage filling into the jalapeno halves and arrange on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. The filling should be melty and starting to lightly brown when they’re done. Let the chiles cool just a little before serving. These are best served warm but are actually still really tasty when they’ve cooled down completely. How hot your jalapenos are will determine how spicy these little appetizers are. Some jalapenos are blazing hot and some are much milder.
These stuffed jalapenos are NOT low-fat appetizers but since they’re so flavorful, you can get away with just eating one or two. They’re GREAT for the low-carb eaters.