These easy and tasty appetizers are a great tailgate or Superbowl party appetizer. Practically a meal and packed with savory flavor, we’ve used medium hot jalapeños and hot italian sausage to wrap them. You can take it down a notch by using mild italian sausage and milder pasilla peppers or take it up a notch adding chipotle pepper to the filling and using serrano or habeñero peppers. Better yet, bring your “game” up a notch and make your own sausage. Sign up for the BBQ Sausage, Bacon & Pastrami Class.
Armadillo Eggs (Jalapeños stuffed with cheese and wrapped in sausage – recipe below)
Recipe Ingredients: Bulk Sausage, Shredded Sharp Cheddar, Cream Cheese, Cilantro and Jalapeños.
Core and Seed Jalapeños, then cut them in half. Mix the cheeses and cilantro together.
Wrap each filled jalapeño half in the bulk sausage.
Grill over indirect heat until the sausage is cooked.
Serve and eat!
Armadillo Eggs (Cheese-Stuffed, Sausage-Wrapped, Grilled Jalapeños)
Servings: Makes 12 “Eggs”
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 – 30 minutes
4 Oz Cream Cheese
1/2 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Cilantro
6 Large Jalapeños, Halved, Cored And Seeded
1 Pound Hot Italian Sausage (bulk/chub)
Big Green Egg or Charcoal/Gas Grill
Set up your grill for indirect heat. If you have a Big Green Egg, you will use a platesetter or “Conveggtor”. Stabilize the temperature at about 375°F.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and cilantro. Place a spoonful of cream cheese mixture into each jalapeño half.
Break off a ball of sausage about 1 1/2-inches in diameter. Flatten sausage into a 1/4-inch thick disc and place stuffed-jalapeño piece in the center. This is easier if you flatten the sausage out on plastic wrap and use the plastic wrap to roll the sausage around the stuffed jalapeño, a little like rolling sushi. Wrap sausage around jalapeño, pinching sausage closed to completely encase jalapeño. Gently roll sausage in your hands to create a smooth egg shape and to make sure all of the cheese is covered with the sausage. Repeat with remaining sausage and jalapeños.
Add the Armadillo Eggs to the grill and cook for about 20 or 30 minutes or until the sausage is fully cooked.