Recipe courtesy of Johnsonville Sausages

Johnsonville Cheesy Pepper Poppers

Combine your love of brats with delicious jalapeno poppers for some truly awesome appetizers! This recipe from Johnsonville takes the signature flavors of your favorite brat and adds some creamy, spicy goodness to the mix with the addition of jalapenos, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. These poppers offer up a delectable mix of flavors and textures that will give your mouth the taste adventure it craves. Whether these poppers are baked or grilled, they're perfect for turning up the heat at your next gathering!
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  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 40 appetizers
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1 package (19 ounce) Johnsonville® Original Bratwurst, removed from casing (Cut sausage link end to end, about three-quarters of the way through. Flip sausage link over, grasp casing and pull off.)

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1 1/3 cups Parmesan cheese, shredded

20 large jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise, seeds removed* (See Cook's Note)

Serving suggestion: serve "poppers" with your favorite ranch or blue cheese dressing.


  1. In a large skillet, brown and stir sausage until the meat is crumbled and no longer pink; drain. In a small bowl, combine cooked sausage, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. Spoon mixture into prepared peppers. Arrange filled peppers on an ungreased baking pan. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  2. To grill: preheat gas grill or prepare charcoal grill according to manufacture's directions. When ready to grill, place peppers on a grilling tray over low heat (gas grill) or on medium-high on a charcoal grill, 4 to 6 inches from coals; cover. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cook’s Note

Safety tip: wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.