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Jalapeño Poppers
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10 to 15 medium jalapeño chile peppers

5 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Italian Blend

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

12 ounces bulk Italian sausage, cooked


5 to 8 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Italian Blend, cut into 4 strips, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 425°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

    Cut top off each jalapeño; cut each in half lengthwise. Scoop out center membrane and seeds; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Place 5 slices cheese in food processor bowl fitted with metal blade. Pulse until crumbled. Add cream cheese; pulse until well combined. Combine cheese mixture and sausage in medium bowl.

  4. STEP 4

    Spoon mixture into large resealable freezer bag; cut off 1 corner. Pipe filling into each jalapeño half.

  5. STEP 5

    Place stuffed jalapeños onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 12-15 minutes or until peppers are softened and cheese is lightly browned.

  6. STEP 6

    Place 1 strip cheese onto each popper, if desired. Bake 1-2 minutes or until melted. Serve warm.

Tip #1

Be careful when handling jalapeños as the oils in the pepper can irritate the skin. Wash hands immediately after handling or wear disposable gloves.

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