Cheesy Pepper Poppers
Combine the love of brats with delicious jalapeno poppers for some truly awesome appetizers! This recipe from Johnsonville® takes the signature brat flavor and adds some creamy, spicy goodness to a mixture of jalapenos, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. Whether these poppers are baked, grilled, or air fried...they’re perfect for turning up the heat at your next gathering!
(19 ounce) JOHNSONVILLE® Original Bratwurst, decased
shredded Parmesan cheese
(8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed**
** Safety tip: wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin
Preheat oven to 400° F.
In a large skillet, cook and crumble meat over medium heat until no longer pink; about 5-7 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine cooked meat, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Spoon mixture into prepared peppers.
Arrange filled peppers on an ungreased baking pan. Bake until lightly browned; about 12-15 minutes.
To Grill: Preheat gas grill or prepare charcoal grill according to manufacturer's directions. When ready to grill, place peppers on a grilling tray over medium-low heat; about 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
Air Fryer Preparation: Preheat air fryer to 320ºF for 3 minutes. Place stuffed peppers into preheated air fryer. Cook at 320ºF for 5 minutes or until browned.
JOHNSONVILLE® Sizzling Sausage Grill PLUS: Grill bratwurst according to directions for Sizzling Sausage Grill; cool slightly and cut into dice-sized pieces. Fill peppers with cream cheese mixture and bake in oven.
Serve "poppers" with your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing, if desired.