spicy chicken sausage and cheese muffins

We all remember the movie Ace Ventura: Pet Detective staring Jim Carrey. This was the movie that critic’s say really launched his career. Although I sometimes disagree because the 1980’s flick Once Bitten, with Lauren Hutton as a vampire trying to bite a virgin Jim Carrey, was epic. The movie had awesome synthesizers and neon clothing.

Anyway, one of my favorite scenes from Ace Ventura is when Ace visits Ray Finkle’s parents’ home. He is trying to figure out if Ray (the kicker for the Miami Dolphins) stole the mascot dolphin, Snowflake.

Ace: “You have a lovely home.”

Finkle’s Mom: “Thank you. Would you like some cookies?”

(Ace looks around the less-than-desirable home and Mrs. Finkle returns with the cookies)

Ace: “Oh, look….little footballs.”

Finkle’s Mom: (in a sweet and creepy voice): “L-a-a-c-c-ces o-u-tttt!”

I die of laughter every time I watch that scene. Please tell me I’m not the only one?

The reason I bring up this particular scene is because football season is upon us, which means our Saturdays or Sundays are spent either at a tailgate or in front of the tube. You may have a favorite team to cheer for (might I recommend Kansas State) or you’re just rooting for the underdog. You might just enjoy the social scene or you’re determined to keep track of every yard gained or lost. No matter how you slice it, you will need fuel to get through the game.

These spicy chicken sausage and cheese muffins are brilliant if you ask me. They are cheap, easy, and can feed a crowd in 2.2 Nano seconds. Okay, that may be a stretch, but you get the point. I will warn you, these aren’t for the faint of heart. Fresh jalapeno, onion, garlic, and andouille sausage will keep you cheering loud well into the 4th quarter. If you aren’t of the spicy variety, you can always omit the jalapeno and add more cheese!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a Blood Mary to drink and a dreamy quarterback to stare at. #CollinKlein. Go State!

Spicy Chicken Sausage and Cheese Muffins

Ingredients:

2 packages of instant biscuit batter

1 lb chicken adnouille sausage

1/2 jalapeno, de-seeded, diced

2 small shallots, diced

1 1/2 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped, garnish


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium skillet, cook chicken, shallot, and jalapeno over medium-high heat. In a large bowl, mix packaged biscuit batter according to the instructions on the box. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. Take an ice cream scooper and drop biscuit batter in the bottom of the muffin tin. Top with sausage mixture and cheese. Bake for about 12 minutes or until cheese melts. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with a Bloody Mary!


adapted from Bon Appetit