Stuffed Hot Cherry Pepper Poppers

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

I have a looooooong list that I keep of food inspiration on my computer, and anytime I go out and eat something delicious and want to remake it, I put it on my list. These Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers have been on my list ever since a trip to Miami, where I had cherry peppers stuffed with chorizo and other delicious things. Here is my version!

If you’ve never had cherry pepper poppers before, you can think of them as kind of like stuffed mushrooms, but spicier!

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

A little warning first about cherry peppers…they are HOT! And they’re kind of like jalapenos, where sometimes they are not that spicy, but then you randomly get a REALLY spicy one, and there’s absolutely no way to tell until you put one in your mouth. So if you like spicy, proceed, but if you don’t enjoy heat, this might be too spicy for your tastes.

Start by browning a link of Italian sausage in a skillet, until cooked through and almost crispy like bacon:

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Combine that in a bowl with cream cheese, fresh garlic, parsley, egg, bread crumbs (sometimes I put cooked quinoa instead FYI), scallions, and parmesan:

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Mix that up:

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Cut the cherry peppers in half, and remove all the seeds and as much of the ribs as possible, to cut down on the heat:

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

(And yes I’m wearing gloves. I always wear them when working with chilies and they help SO much. This is the kind I buy, it’s $6.50 for 500 gloves so they are worth it)!

Lay the cherry peppers out on a pan:

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Then stuff each one with a scoop of the filling:

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Roast until the peppers soften and the stuffing browns:

Sausage Stuffed Cherry Pepper Poppers Recipe @fifteenspatulas

Enjoy! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!

Stuffed Hot Cherry Pepper Poppers

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 lb Italian sausage
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup packed parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp minced scallion
  • 3 tbsp minced parsley
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 10 oz fresh hot cherry peppers (you can also use pickled cherry peppers in a jar)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Remove the meat from the sausage casing and crumble the sausage into the pan. Brown for about 5 minutes until cooked through and crispy. Let cool slightly, then chop into smaller pieces.
  3. In a large bowl mix to combine the sausage, cream cheese, bread crumbs, parmesan, scallion, parsley, and garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then stir in the egg.
  4. Halve the cherry peppers and remove the seeds and ribs with a melon baller. Stuff each cherry pepper with a scoop of the filling. Place on a sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes. Enjoy!
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