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January 30, 2012

Spiced Sausage and Mushroon Onion Sliders

Spiced Sausage and Mushroon Onion Sliders

Looking for ways to kick-start game-day party plans? Whether it’s tailgating by the stadium or watching on the big screen, here’s a delicious, quick and easy popper plus two sliders that will score big with your guests and won’t break the budget. Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers is an easy way to bring some heat to the menu.  They can be made ahead of time, wrapped in heavy foil and set on the grill or baked in the oven to be ready before the next time out.  These sliders—tasty alternatives to traditional mini burgers—can also be prepared in advance.  Jarlsberg’s mellow-nuttiness pairs perfectly with the apple-sausage combination and roast beef, onion and mushroom mixture.  For a winning spread, round it out with freshly made cole slaw, baked onion rings and potato tots!

Cheese Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Makes 16 appetizers

16 pickled jalapeño peppers, rinsed and drained

1 10.5 ounce log (or 2 4-ounce logs) fresh goat cheese

1 -1/2 cups grated Jarlsberg cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup diced green onion (scallions) or chives

Dash of hot sauce

Using small sharp knife, cut slit down one side of each pepper. Leave stem intact and remove seeds and veins. In bowl, mash goat cheese with Jarlsberg, parmesan, onion and hot sauce. Divide among peppers, stuffing each generously. Refrigerate. (Recipe can be made ahead to this point.) Arrange peppers in heavy aluminum foil packet. Grill 10 minutes or bake (350o, 15 minutes) until cheese begins to melt.

Wild Mushroom & Onion Sliders

1 tablespoon each olive oil and butter

1 large onion, peeled and sliced

2 cups chopped mushrooms

2 12-inch skinny baguettes or 12 slider rolls

12 thin slices roast beef, cut to fit baguette or rolls

12 slices Jarlsberg cheese, cut to fit baguette or rolls

Orange or tangerine marmalade

In large skillet, heat olive oil and butter.  Sauté together onion and mushrooms until mixture takes on a light golden-brown color.

Slice baguettes or rolls horizontally to open.  Place on foil-lined baking sheet and toast. Spread marmalade on top half of bread or each roll.  Spoon onion and mushroom on bottom half of bread or rolls. Add roast beef and top with cheese.  With roll (or baguette) tops to the side, broil 3-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt.  Cover with tops (slice into 2 inch sliders if baguette) and serve.

Spiced Sausage Sliders

1 pound thin sliced, roasted spicy sausage: Chorizo, Italian or Kielbasa

2 12-inch skinny baguettes or 12 slider rolls

Honey mustard

Relish (Sweet India or Dill Pickle style)

One large Fuji or Gala apple, cored and sliced thin

12 slices Jarlsberg cheese

To roast sausage, preheat oven to 425o. Spray a roasting pan with olive oil, and cook sausage until well browned, about 20 minutes.

Slice baguettes or rolls horizontally to open.  Place on foil-lined baking sheet and toast. Spread layer of mustard and relish on top and bottom halves.  Arrange sausage, apple and cheese on bottom half.  With roll (or baguette) tops to the side, broil 3-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt. Cover with tops (slice into 2 inch sliders if baguette) and serve.

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