These poppers work perfectly as an appetizer or adapted as a main meal by using regular bell peppers. The spicy sausage mixture compliments the sweetness of the peppers and pairs well with a glass of chilled milk.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
15
Yield:
30 poppers
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add Italian sausage and mushrooms; cook until meat is browned, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain.

  • Place drained sausage mixture in a large mixing bowl along with tomato paste, tomato sauce, crushed red peppers, oregano, rosemary, black pepper, and thyme. Mix until well combined.

  • Fill each pepper half with mixture and place on prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in preheated oven until cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Cook's Notes:

Pair with a glass of chilled, organic whole milk.

For a main meal, the meat mixture will fill 4 regular sized peppers. Additionally, the meat mixture freezes well.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 5.6g 2% DV; fat 7.6g 12% DV; cholesterol 11.9mg 4% DV; sodium 364.4mg 15% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2017
Really great stuffing for the pepper. Next time I'm throwing it in rice and stuffing a bell pepper. Only change to ingredients was that I swapped out 1/3 of the mild sausage with hot sausage and it was great. When I made it i had extra sausage mix and instead of cutting more peppers to fill I over filled the ones I did have. I don't recommend doing that because they became hard to handle while eating. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/30/2017
Really great stuffing for the pepper. Next time I'm throwing it in rice and stuffing a bell pepper. Only change to ingredients was that I swapped out 1/3 of the mild sausage with hot sausage and it was great. When I made it i had extra sausage mix and instead of cutting more peppers to fill I over filled the ones I did have. I don't recommend doing that because they became hard to handle while eating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2016
We Loved these spicy poppers. Thanks BD Weld for the recipe. I will be making these pretty regularly for apps and parties. I had some parmesan cheese I needed to use up so I sprinkled a tiny bit on top. Cooking time was perfect and they were addicting like one of the other reviewers said. Served it with a cold glass of milk and YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2017
These were so tasty. I needed a cheeseless appetizer for NYE and this was it. I made as written and it made a great deal. I used Italian turkey sausage. These were spicy and sweet!:) I also omitted the mushrooms because they aren't a fave of the kiddos. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2017
Yum yum! At first I thought these were too spicy but the sweetness of the little bell peppers seem to mellow the heat a bit. I found myself going after another and another...! This is such an attractive dish-- the bright colors really light up the plate. Thanks for posting! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2017
All I can say is I made them for family and friends and now I can't make enough fast enough.: ) I did pre bake the raw peppers after they were cut in halves. I baked them with the cut side down so they wouldn't collect moisture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2016
These were tasty little morsels that were addicting. I bet you can't eat just one. If you love sausage peppers and onions you will love these. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2016
11.8.16 This recipe really captures the best of a spicy-sweet appetizer. Roasting the peppers makes them incredibly sweet and the crushed red pepper flakes perfectly counterbalance that sweetness. Two other spices that really rock in this popper are the rosemary and the thyme so don t leave them out. Winner recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2016
Great recipe! Balanced flavors and textures. Great for game days. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/02/2016
We LOVED these! Great combo of flavors and just the right amount of spice. Perfect served with a nice cold glass of milk! These are a new family favorite YUM!!!!! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More