Italian Stuffed Jalapenos (Shelby Township, MI)

Ingredients

  • 15 jalapenos, preferably red, cut in 1/2, seeded and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 pounds mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups mascarpone or cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and set a rack in the middle of the oven.

Place jalapenos on a sheet tray and roast for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Turn broiler on medium.

Heat the oil in a medium saute pan. Add the sausage and cook for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the onions, peppers, and garlic and cook to soften for about 5 minutes. Remove and place in a large bowl. Cool to room temperature, then add mascarpone or cream cheese, and Parmesan. Mix ingredients thoroughly and season with salt and pepper.

Place approximately 1 tablespoon of mixture into each jalapeno half, and top with 1/2 teaspoon of mozzarella cheese.

Place the sheet tray of stuffed peppers in oven and broil until mozzarella cheese melts.