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Jalapeño Poppers

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Jalapeño Poppers
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 30 min
  • Servings 6
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Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon wrapped and grilled jalapeños. Not as spicy as you might think, but definitely addictive!

Ingredients

6
jalapeños seeds and stems removed
3
ounces cream cheese
1
teaspoon chili powder
1
tablespoon honey
6
strips bacon
6
toothpicks soaked in water

Directions

  • 1 Soak toothpicks in warm water for at least 30 minutes.
  • 2 Cut off jalapeño stems and split the peppers down the center. Scrape out all the seeds.
  • 3 In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, chili powder and honey until well combined.
  • 4 Spoon cream cheese mixture into both halves of each jalapeño.
  • 5 Stick jalapeño back together again.
  • 6 Wrap each jalapeño with a whole strip of bacon. Be sure to cover the top of the jalapeno so the cream cheese doesn't all come out.
  • 7 Use a wet toothpick to secure the bacon and hold everything together.
  • 8 Grill poppers on medium heat until the bacon is crispy and pepper cooked, about 20 minutes. Turn occasionally. Some of the cheese will come out while cooking, so don't worry if some drips out.
  • 9 Let cool for 5 minutes before eating.
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Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

As prepared by Macheesmo,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but when most people think of a jalapeno popper, they think of a large, breaded, deep-fried thing filled with cheese.


Now, there's a place and time for such a thing. Namely, if you're at a chain restaurant.

But we can do better at home, people. SO much better. And we don't have to break out the deep fryer! All we have to do is fire up the grill.

That's right. This jalapeno popper recipe is made for the grill!

Before you even touch a jalapeno for this recipe, get out a big bowl, fill it with hot water and throw in some toothpicks.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

I mention this because if you don't soak these guys, they will burn in an instant on the grill. They'll probably burn a little no matter what, but you should be able to handle them if you soak them first.

So get that out of the way.

Now, traditionally, poppers are filled with some bland yellow cheese. Again, we can do better than that. I like to use cream cheese with my poppers. It melts really well and is easy to mix with other ingredients.

Speaking of other ingredients, my favorites at the moment for this recipe are a big pinch of chili powder and a squeeze of honey. The chili pepper brings out the heat in the peppers and the sweet honey works great with the bacon/pepper combo.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Once your filling is mixed up, take each pepper, chop off the stem and cut it down the center. Scoop out all the seeds and fill each half full with the cream cheese mixture.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Then press the pepper back together and scrape off any extra cheese that squirted out. You should have a pretty tight seal.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Now for the good part. The bacon part!

Take a strip of bacon and wrap it snugly around the pepper. Start at the top of the pepper where the stem used to be. You want to make sure that spot it covered so the cheese doesn't all fall out when grilling.

Once the bacon is wrapped around the pepper, secure it with a toothpick or two.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Time to grill!

You want to grill these guys over medium heat. Any higher and you run the risk of scorching the bacon before the pepper is done or heating the cheese so hot that it explodes out of the pepper.

Just a nice medium heat for about 15-20 minutes, turning occasionally, should do the trick.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

As the poppers cook and the cheese melts inside, obviously you're going to lose some to the grill gods. Don't worry about it. There will be plenty in there still for eating.

When the bacon is crispy and the pepper soft, they're done!

I recommend letting them cool for 5 minutes before biting into them.

These are not a single bite appetizer. Multiple bites will be necessary.

Jalepeno Poppers

So there you go. Ditch the fryer and the bland cheese. Get with the grilling program and make some great poppers!



Nick cut his finger right before making these and only had Looney Tunes band-aids. Hence, the Looney Tunes band-aid. Check out his blog, Macheesmo and his Tablespoon profile.
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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
185.4
Daily Value
Total Fat
16.5g
25%
(
Saturated Fat
6.6g
33%
)
Cholesterol
34.7mg
12%
Sodium
257.2mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate
5.0g
2%
(
Dietary Fiber
0.6g
2%
,
Sugars
4.2g
)
Protein
4.7g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
27.70%
28%
Calcium
1.90%
2%
Iron
1.70%
2%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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