If you like a spicy treat, try these stuffed jalapeno peppers. I don’t make them often, but when I do, it’s a treat. Last time I made them, it was for dinner instead of an appetizer. Just make something mild, like mac and cheese, to go with them to balance the hotness of the pepper.
I have to give the credit to my sister-in-law, Vil, that first made these for us several years ago. She’s an excellent cook and I’ll probably share more of her recipes.
I’m always surprised that most of them are not as hot as you’d expect. Then, you bite one that practically burns your taste buds right off. That’s the fun of eating them. It’s a great way to clear your sinuses.
Jalapeno | Fun Facts
The jalapeno originated in Mexico and is a bush about 2′-4′ tall. Now a majority of them are grown in southern New Mexico and Texas. Although they are usually eaten green, if allowed to fully ripen, they turn red.
These tiny, spicy peppers are actually nutritious. They contain a high amount of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. Plus, they contain an alkaloid compound called capsaicin. Capsaicin is what gives the jalapeno it’s spicy taste, but it’s been known to have anti-bacterial properties along with anti-carcinogenic, analgesic, and anti-diabetic properties. It has also been found to reduce LDL-cholesterol levels.
When cutting a jalapeno pepper, you should where rubber gloves. They can irritate sensitive skin and it will burn for hours as though you stuck your hands in boiling water. And….NEVER touch your eyes, inside of nose, or other sensitive areas until you’ve thoroughly washed your hands with soap and water. You don’t even want to try this.
It kind of sounds dangerous to eat these peppers, but if you keep your gloves on and wash up real good afterward, you’ll enjoy this treat. If you think the jalapeno pepper is hot, it is only considered a medium hot….having 2,500-10,000 heat units on the Scoville heat scale. Compared to the habanero pepper that measures 200,000-500,000. Now that’s HOT!
Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe
12-15 Jalapeno peppers
1 – 1 1/2 lb. mild or sweet sausage
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese
1 tsp. salt
Mix sausage with egg, Parmesan cheese, and salt.
To clean the peppers, wash in cold water. PUT YOUR GLOVES ON. Then cut in half and remove all seeds and membrane. I leave the stems on.
With your gloves still on, fill your peppers with the sausage mixture.
Place on a baking sheet pan (lined with foil to save time on clean up). Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until browned on top.
These can be made ahead of time and reheated if you plan to take as an appetizer for that weekend party. Remember to keep refrigerated until ready to reheat.
Instead of sausage, use ground beef, chicken, or turkey
Instead of Parmesan cheese, use shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)
I hope you enjoy these spicy stuffed jalapeno peppers.