Foodie Friday: Pepper Poppers!

Once in a while, the boyfriend finds a picture of food on Facebook, we make it and it’s a hit… this is one of those times.

pepperpoppers

pepperpoppers2Pepper poppers! The picture he found was for jalapeno poppers, so I did some searching, found a bunch of recipes and kind of tweaked it for our purposes. We decided to do half jalapeno, half sweet peppers for those who didn’t want the spice.

What you’ll need:

  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Sweet peppers (the little ones)
  • 2 packages cream cheese (you’ll probably only use 1 1/2)
  • Uncooked Italian sausage, pork or turkey
  • 1/2 -1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Thick cut bacon

Just a note: when buying the little sweet peppers, make sure to pick out the plumpest ones, they will be easier to fill when you cut them in half. The flatter ones won’t be able to hold filling.

First thing you should do is cook your sausage. Remove the sausage from the casing and cook in a pan about 10 minutes, until it’s fully cooked. If you use turkey sausage you can add a little bit of olive oil to the pan first, you do not need oil for pork sausage. Once cooked, take off the heat and let cool.

Then you need to  cut all the peppers in half and remove the seeds and veins, this is more so for the jalapenos, not the sweet peppers. Be very careful with the jalapenos, use gloves if you have to and do NOT touch your face after handling them. I told this to someone and he still managed to get jalapeno in his eye.

Once all the peppers are halved and hollowed out, preheat your oven to 425 and move on to the filling. In a bowl, mix together your cream cheese, cheddar cheese and cooled sausage. Once that is all combined you can start filling your peppers! After filling each once, wrap in some thick cut bacon. I cut the bacon into three or four pieces and wrapped the top of each popper. You can wrap the entire thing if you want, but you’d need more bacon. Once all the bacon is in place, bake your poppers for about 15-20 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when the bacon is cooked and the peppers are nice and soft.

You can also grill these, just wrap the entire thing in bacon, secure with a toothpick and they’re ready for the grill!

Everyone loved these! Even had some for breakfast the next day lol They’re perfectly bite sized… might be a good idea for the Superbowl…

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