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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Italian Stuffed Jalapenos

As soon as I saw Guy Fieri make these on TV, I just had to make them myself. The recipe is very simple, if not a little time consuming ( cleaning out the peppers), but they are very tasty. I made them for Superbowl Sunday and my family loved them. They are not all that spicy, so use a spicy sausage or add some crushed red pepper if you want them hot. I changed the recipe a little bit after reading some of the comments on the food TV website and will post my recipe. If you can't find large peppers, add more because you'll have leftover stuffing.
Italian Stuffed Jalapenos
15 large jalapenos, cut in 1/2, seeded and deveined
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/4 cup minced shallot
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 to 1.25 lbs. bulk Italian sausage
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Place jalapenos on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and roast for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.
Heat oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots, garlic and sausage and cook until sausage is browned, stirring. Remove and place in a large bowl. Cool to room temperature and add cream cheese and Parmesan. Mix thoroughly and add salt and pepper to taste.
Place about 1 tablespoon of mixture in each pepper half and top with 1/2 teaspoon of mozzarella cheese.
Place stuffed peppers back into oven and broil until cheese is melted and golden brown.

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