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Smoky Jalapenos

 Smoky Jalapenos
“When I make these excellent appetizers, there are no leftovers,” says Melinda Strable of Ankeny, Iowa. “They can also be made with mild banana peppers or yellow chili peppers.”
7 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 14 jalapeno peppers
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 14 miniature smoked sausages
  • 7 bacon strips

Directions

  • Cut a lengthwise slit in each pepper; remove seeds and membranes.
  • Spread a teaspoonful of cream cheese into each pepper; stuff each
  • with a sausage.
  • Cut bacon strips in half widthwise; cook in a microwave or skillet
  • until partially cooked. Wrap a bacon piece around each pepper;
  • secure with a toothpick.
  • Place in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at
  • 350° for 20 minutes for spicy flavor, 30 minutes for medium and
  • 40 minutes for mild. Yield: 14 appetizers.
Wine: Sweet Red Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a sweet red wine.