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Spicy Sweet Pepper Poppers


"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."
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1 h servings 110 cals
Original recipe yields 15 servings (30 poppers)

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Fill each pepper half with mixture and place on prepared baking sheet.
  5. 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

Per Serving: 110 calories; 7.6 g fat; 5.6 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g protein; 12 mg cholesterol; 364 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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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 an...

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 o...

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 bi...

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 suc...

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.

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 sid...

Made these for my husband for lunch today. He was having a bad day and these are right up his alley. I used spicy Italian sausage then topped them with a dab of sour cream and a little cilantro....

Great snack/meal. I used regular size peppers and cut them into stuffable pieces. No ground sausage available , so bought some mild Italian sausage and cut off the casings. They even taste good ...

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 sw...