Italian Sausage w/ Cheese stuffed Cherry Peppers
3 (approx 2/3rd lb) links of hot or mild italian sausage with casings removed
1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
3-4 tbs grated parmessan cheese
a few dashes of garlic powder and black pepper
20 cherry peppers (drained)
1 - 1 1/2 cups warmed * marinara sauce
8 oz bag italian shredded cheese
2-3 tbs olive oil
parsely flakes for garnish (optional)
Pre-heat over 375 degrees
Place sausage in medium size bowl.. add breadcrumbs, grated cheese, garlic powder and black pepper ... mash and blend ingredients with fork until all blended.
Stuff each cherry pepper with sausage mixture. Before placing peppers in baking dish, dip each cherry pepper (2/3 rds up pepper) in olive oil (custard dish is good to use for olive oil dipping) .. place peppers in lightly oiled baking pan.(uncovered)
Bake for 25 minutes .. remove from oven and cover each pepper top with marinara sauce and Italian shredded cheese (approx 1 tbs) ... return to oven for another 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and serve hot or warm... Enjoy!
For easy serving have toothpicks handy.
Note: *You can omit the marinara sauce and just top with shredded mozzarella cheese (or cheese of your choice) and baked for only an additional 7 minutes.
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