When you need an absolutely satisfying snack for a party or appetizer, look no further than this recipe for smoky and creamy Bacon Jalapeno Poppers. The bacon is on the inside so it's easier to eat than when it's wrapped around. I seem to never be able to bite through the wrapped bacon! The creamy filling is delicious and the jalapenos mellow in spiciness with the time in the oven making them super easy to eat.
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What to look for when shopping for jalapeno peppers
- Firm skin
- No blemishes
- If there are white lines on the pepper, it's fine, but that's an indication that they will be spicier.
How to prepare the jalapeno peppers
Cut the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scrape from the pointed end up to the stem to remove the vein and seeds. You can also use a small paring knife, but it's a bit more difficult. Much of the spiciness is held in the seeds so by removing them, you remove much of the heat. You also make room for the cheesy filling!
What's in that cheesy filling?
The filling is simply cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon (of course!), chives, and some granulated garlic.
After filling the peppers, I like to top them with more cheddar cheese. I mean, really ... who doesn't love melty cheese!
The flavor of the Bacon Jalapeno Poppers is a wee bit spicy, definitely creamy, smoky from the bacon, and so delicious. A real crowd-pleaser!
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- Tammy's Restaurant-Style Salsa
- Crispy Pepper Chicken Wings
- Fresh Green Rolls with Two Sauces
- Pickled Jalapenos
Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
- 12 jalapeno peppers
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese grated
- 2 Tablespoons chives chopped
- 4 ounces bacon cooked and chopped
- ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Cut each jalapeno pepper in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scrape the vein and seeds from each half. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients for the filling.
- Divide the filling between the jalapeno halves and top with more grated cheddar cheese.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the broiler on to brown the tops.
- Serve immediately.
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