Friday, September 12, 2008

Jalapeno Poppers. Fire In the Hole!

Pretty much anything wrapped in bacon becomes a million times better. If you add cheese, your recipe will be UNSTOPPABLE!

When my sister Emily and her husband Jason were visiting his family in Texas, they were served whole jalapenos stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and BBQ'd until nice and crispy. They were blown away, but my sister's gringo taste buds were burnin! When they got back to Michigan, they wanted to figure out a way to make the poppers year round, without the BBQ and without so much pop. Here is the recipe they came up with.

Jalapeno Poppers

Slice 15-20 Jalapenos in half, seed, and allow to soak in water for 30 minutes. By removing seeds and soaking you can remove a lot of the spiciness from the raw Jalapenos.

Tip: Use latex gloves when handling raw jalapenos to keep the oil off your hands. Always wash your hands with soap to remove any oil which may have gotten on your skin. If you don't, and touch your eyes or the inside of your nose, you will be in a world of pain!

Mix 1 cup of shredded cheddar and 1 package of cream cheese. Spread cheese on each Jalapeno half.

Take 1 package of bacon, and cut in half or in thirds to have enough for all your jalapeno halves. Individually, wrap bacon around each jalapeno half.

Preheat broiler. When all halves are wrapped, place tray under the broiler until bacon is brown and crispy.

By de-seeding and soaking and cooking the peppers, much of the killer spiciness is reduced. (Don't worry, these are still very fiery). Emily and Jason came up with substituting broiling instead of using a BBQ so you can do them quickly year round without firing up the charcoals.

This is the perfect time of year for this snack as peppers are popping off the vine. So wrap 'em in bacon stuffed with cheese and really let it pop.

Check out my Jalapeno Poppers Instructable which has supplemental info and great readers comments.


régis lacher said...

My favorite bacon-wrapped thing is fresh figs stuffed with a dollop of goat cheese, wrapped in fatty bacon, then broiled until brown. My god.

Andrea said...

wow! that does sound good. I just bought some figs on sale yesterday. I think I know what I am doing with them now. Thanks for the comment!

Janice said...

Andrea-up here in Northern WI-the cheese stuffed peppers are battered and deep fried-just as greasy and tasty.
Also, my uncle's from Texas and he likes to pound a chicken breast flat, wrap it around a jalapeno pepper, then wrap bacon around that and grill-they call them White Wings.
I am reading a book right now called
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell. It is a light read but about a young woman cooking Julie Child recipes for a year and also blogging about her experiences and I couldn't help but think of you.

Janice said...

Oh..the White Wings also have cheese in them-of course!

Malissa said...

the goat cheese-stuffed figs and bacon thing sounds goooood.

allison said...

I'm definitely stealing this recipe.
As a bacon aside, I'm thinking we need to stop by More - that new cupcake place - for BLT cupcakes and bacon maple cupcakes.

katherine said...

Best post ever! I think even *I* could make these. Dude, I'm now starving.

TTK said...

Just made these, mmmm. One problem I had was getting the bacon under the pepper cooked. I turned 'em over and predictably lost a lot of precious cheesy goodness. How to solve without massive cheese loss?

jefe said...

One more bacon-wrapped goodie from Atame Tapas Bar in Berlin:

Dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon. Adding the almond gives a little more 'crunch', which is really good.
Pic Here

BTW, found this because of Being Totally Sweet in Chicago.