Classic cream cheese-filled jalapeño poppers can be found all over the place, so when I planned our last Test Kitchen menu I made sure to include three different spins.

This recipe substitutes ricotta for cream cheese, with some chopped pepperoncini to cut the fat of the cheese and Italian sausage and add a little extra heat. That’s why you’re eating poppers, right? Plus, sausage and ricotta are a pairing made in tailgating heaven. Use the smallest spoon you have to loosen and remove the seeds from the jalapeño. Nobody wants the popper with way too much extra heat.