About eight years ago, my husband started a family tradition of making and enjoying jalapeño poppers, his favorite appetizer. Eight years ago, we were at a cookout in the Quad Cities, at a home that belonged to a friend of a friend, when the homeowner’s mom started making jalapeño poppers on the grill. Greg went over to try one, and he was instantly hooked.
Nowadays, he makes them a few times a summer, usually when we have guests over for cookouts. I have not always been a huge fan of spicy foods, but I love a good jalapeño popper myself.
I thought it would be fun to incorporate Klement’s summer sausage, a midwest favorite, into some Jalapeño Poppers to switch things up a bit and give the poppers some depth.
Klement’s Sausage Company makes artisan sausages that contain European-style flavors. Klement’s Sausage Company is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, founded in 1956 by three brothers.
Klement’s Sausage Company produces many old-world sausage products that are just delightful, including Polish Sausage, Italian Sausage, Bratwurst, Summer Sausage, and Snack Sticks.
September 23rd is #Nationalsnackstickday. To learn more about the snack sticks that are offered by Klement’s Sausage Company, find them on their social media handles. They’re on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.
I used Klement’s Sausage Company’s Garlic Summer Sausage in this jalapeño popper recipe.
Summer Sausage Jalapeño Poppers ( Yield’s 20 Poppers)
10 jalapeño peppers- cut into halves and seeded
1 – 8 ounce package of cream cheese
6 ounces of Klement Sausage Company Garlic Summer Sausage- cut into slices
You will also need 20 toothpicks
Method: Cut each jalapeño pepper in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut 1/4 slices of cream cheese from the block and place one slice into each jalapeño pepper. Cut your desired cut of summer sausage and place it on top of the cream cheese. Secure each popper with a toothpick. Preheat your grill to 400 degrees f, turn 1/2 of your burners down to low, and place a grill pan- lined with foil or parchment paper on the side of your grill that is low. Cook for 20 minutes, rotating the poppers 1/2 way through. Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes before serving.
These were just wonderful. I really enjoyed the switch-up of the summer sausage. The flavors were spot-on! I might have to incorporate these summer sausage poppers into a family tradition, especially when we take our yearly trip to Wisconsin on the 4th of July.
To learn more about Klement’s Sausage Company. Visit their website, and check them out on social media too! Remember that September 23rd is #nationalsnackstickday, and they will have lots of fun ideas on social media!