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 ounces) JOHNSONVILLE® Original Bratwurst, casings removed
shredded Parmesan cheese
(8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed**
Preheat oven to 400° F.
In a large skillet, cook and crumble sausage over medium heat until sausage is browned and the internal temperature is 160°F.; about 10 minutes. Drain if desired.
In a small bowl, combine the sausage, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese.
Spoon mixture into prepared peppers.
Arrange filled peppers on an ungreased baking pan. Bake until lightly browned; 12-15 minutes.
Serve "poppers" with your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing, if desired.
**Safety tip: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers, oils can burn skin.
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; 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
JOHNSONVILLE® Sizzling Sausage Grill PLUS: Grill bratwurst according to directions for Sizzling Sausage Grill. Cut into dice-size pieces. Fill peppers with cream cheese mixture and bake in oven.
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.