My friend Courtney makes the best jalapeno poppers EVER. Period. The end.
She is a great cook and hostess who consistently puts out a ridiculous spread. So, I was in the kitchen thinking up the snacks for my kid’s sixth birthday party next weekend (Aaaaah!) and I thought, “hey! I should ask Court to bring those jalapeno thingies!”. But, my friends know how particular I am about my food sources, so she always says I don’t want to know what’s in the [insert delicious food] she made.
I had this package of jalapenos that seemed to be constantly refilling itself because no matter how many I used they never ran out. I had a container of ricotta that I have NO idea why I bought. And of course I had sausage. I always have sausage.
BOOM. Easy jalapeno bites. Not as delicious as Court’s but yummy none the less and relatively “clean” too if you are good on the dairy front. If not, skip the minimal cheese filling and maybe just do sausage and veg mixed with coconut milk and wrapped in bacon! See, totally Paleo ;). Heck, I might even do that next.
I had 6 jalapenos left so I split each in half to make 12 bites (which I ate ALL by myself, thankyouverymuch). A lot of jalapeno recipes call for chopped pepper inside the pepper but that just seemed a little much for me. A sort of culinary incest, if you will, that I chose to avoid.I used a Trader Joe’s chicken sausage link for this, but if I’d had ground sausage I would have used that instead.
Sausage Jalapeno Bites (makes 12 small bites)
What you need:
- 6 jalapenos
- Sausage of some persuasion
- 3/4 c grated cheese (I used 1/2 parm and 1/2 Kerrygold Dubliner)
- 1 tbsp ricotta (any soft cheese will do)
- 2 tbsp coconut milk
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper (pinches, of course!)
What you gotta do:
- Halve your peppers and scoop out the seeds and pith with a spoon
- Brown the sausage
- While sausage is browning, mix the cheeses, coconut milk and spices, then add sausage
- Scoop a spoonful into each pepper half
- Place peppers on a greased baking tray (I used a loaf pan and they fit perfectly!)
- Roast in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes
- Don’t put your finger in your eye like I did…