Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

The first stuffed jalapeno that I ever tasted was at a Change of Command ceremony on Parris Island. It was stuffed with peanut butter. Believe it or not, it was quite tasty. These are tastier.

16 whole jalapeno peppers

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 (12-ounce) package beef cocktail sausages

1 (16-ounce) package bacon, sliced in half

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut each jalapeno is half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scrape out seeds and membranes. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese with cheddar cheese and garlic powder until smooth. Spread evenly into the jalapeno halves. Press one cocktail sausage into cheese in each jalapeno half and wrap with ½ slice of bacon. Secure with toothpicks, if needed. Place on 2 baking sheets and bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until bacon is cooked and cheese is melted.  Makes 32.

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