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CHEESY SAUSAGE-STUFFED JALAPENOS

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

4 ounces sausage, cooked and crumbled

2 scallions, green and white parts, chopped

6 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds removed

2 tablespoons butter, melted

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, stir together the cream cheese, cheddar, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, sausage and scallions. Spoon the mixture into the jalapenos halves, then arrange them on the prepared baking sheet.

In a small bowl, stir together the butter, smoked paprika and panko. Spoon the panko mixture onto the filling in the jalapenos. Bake for 15 minutes, or until bubbly and golden.

Alison Ladman, AP



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