Stuffed Peppers with Cream Cheese and Sausage is the perfect way to make a hearty and easy meal. While this is perfect as an appetizer, it's a great main dish, too. The sweet and crunchy flavor of the peppers paired with creamy cheese and savory sausage is delicious!
Since you just need a few simple ingredients to make these peppers, it's amazing flavor! While I love the creamy texture of the cream cheese paired with the sausage, my kids really love the natural sweetness that comes from the peppers! It's one of the best parts of this dish - and I love that we all love different things about it. (plus, it's the perfect way to get the kids to enjoy eating vegetables, too!)
You can also use this recipe as a way to cook together in the kitchen. Halving the peppers, cutting off the stems, and scooping out any seeds and membranes is a perfect job for the kids to do! They'll get to be part of the cooking process, and you know what they say? Cooks who help get to be the first who get to dive in and eat. (They'll also love that the pepper halves were part of their handiwork!)
Be sure to check out my Low Carb Stuffed Peppers with Chicken for a similar recipe.
Mini peppers - Make sure to wash the peppers and remove any seeds once you cut them in half. If you don't have small peppers, you could use large peppers that you can into fourths.
Ground sausage - Choose mild sausage, hot sausage, or ground Italian sausage.
Shredded cheese - Any flavor of cheese will work. I like to use mozzarella cheese but Colby jack cheese or even pepper jack cheese would be great.
Cream cheese - This is important to be the binding agent. You can use full fat or reduced fat.
Salt - To taste.
How To Make Stuffed Peppers with Cream Cheese and Sausage
The process to make these sweet mini peppers is so easy to do!
Step One: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add parchment paper to the baking sheet.
Step Two: Mix the cheese, sausage, and salt in a medium bowl. Divide the sausage mixture between the peppers
The easiest way to add the sausage and cream cheese mixture into to use a spoon to scoop and spread it into the peppers.
Step Three: Put in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Change up the type of meat - You can use any type of raw ground meat that you want. Ground beef or steak, ground pork, and ground chicken are two other great options.
Add onion - I also like adding the crunch and flavor of an onion to this dish.
Add toppings - While this is optional, sprinkling some garlic powder, onion powder, or even some extra cheddar cheese on the sausage stuffed mini peppers are a great idea.
Cheese - Sprinkle in some parmesan cheese for an extra kick of flavor. Sub out the shredded cheddar for another type of shredded cheese. Or even swap the cream cheese for a different variety of soft cheese like goat cheese.
Bell peppers - If you prefer to use cut peppers you can. You can cut each bell pepper into quarters and then proceed with the recipe. You want each pepper to be able to eaten in a bite or two.
Do you eat these stuffed peppers with a dipping sauce?
That's up to you. I think that this is one of the best appetizers because once it's made, it's just easy to pick up and eat. You don't have to dip, spread, drizzle, or anything if you don't want. Just grab and enjoy.
If you're making these for game day, keep this peppers recipe as simple as possible. I find it to be one of the best appetizers because I don't have to pair it with anything. These sweet peppers stand out in flavor and ease!
Why are my peppers greasy?
If the sausage has a lot of grease in it, that's going to come out during the cooking process and there will be grease on the baking sheet. The easiest way to get rid of the excess grease is to set a paper towel on a plate and put the peppers on top to soak it up.
How do I know if the sausage is cooked all the way?
Great question. The sausage should be cooked all the way during the time in the oven on medium heat and you should see no pink in the mixture once you remove the peppers from the oven.
If you are overly worried about the sausage, you could use a skillet to cook sausage all the way before adding it to the rest of the mixture. Cooking it in a pan first can make sure it's done.
- 8 mini peppers halved and seeded
- 8 oz ground sausage
- 2 oz shredded cheddar
- 4 oz cream cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Preheat the oven o 400. Line a medium baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the sausage, cheeses, and salt. Divide between the peppers.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.