Chef John Folse's Hot & Spicy Jaguar Loaf

Prep Time: 1 hour
Yields: 6-8 Servings

Comment: The only thing spicier than this zesty tailgating sandwich is the Southern Jaguar band at game time.

1 (16-ounce) package Jimmy Dean sausage
1 cup diced onions 
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 minced jalapeño
1 (1-ounce) package fajita seasoning mix
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese 
1/2 cup Creole cream cheese 
1/2 cup diced tomato
salt and black pepper to taste
2 large French bread loaves

Method: Slice bread horizontally and reserve tops. Hollow out bottom portion of loaves, leaving 1-inch shell. In a Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium-high heat until slightly browned and fat is rendered. Add onions, bell peppers, garlic and jalapeño. Blend well into sausage mixture and sauté until vegetables are wilted, about 3-5 minutes. Add fajita seasoning mix and Monterey Jack cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Add cream cheeses and dissolve into mixture. Bring to a low simmer, stirring constantly to keep from scorching. Stir in chopped tomato and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if necessary. Place a generous serving of the sausage dip into the bottom half of each French loaf. Cover each loaf with top half, wrap in foil and bake at 350º F for 15-20 minutes or until hot. Unwrap foil and slice into individual servings.

NOTE: The filling can be made one day prior to serving as flavors improve overnight.