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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jalapeno Poppers. . . with BACON!

Everything's better with bacon, am I right? And if cream cheese stuffed into a jalapeno then grilled OR dredged through batter and fried is good - then can you imagine the heaven if that same stuffed pepper was wrapped in bacon??




Oh yeah!

Jalapeno-Bacon Poppers

Jalapenos - allow 2-4 peppers per person
Cream cheese or neufschatel cheese, softened - 1-2 ounces per pepper
Bacon - one slice for every stuffed pepper



So, first things first - preparing those peppers.

You'll want to remove all of the seeds as well as create a 'cavity' that can be filled with cheese.  Not so hard - watch this:

With the pepper on a cutting board, carefully cut in half lengthwise, be sure to NOT cut through the stem area



Finish the cut with pepper in hand - still leaving the stem area INTACT


Now, you should be able to open the pepper to resemble a jaw and, using a potato peeler, scoop out the seeds



Discard the seeds



And you'll have the perfect shell to stuff with cream cheese


Ready to stuff?  Here we go!

Hold the pepper with one hand, slightly 'popping' the 'jaw' open of the pepper; with a butter knife in the other hand, cut off a 'slice' of cheese and slide knife lengthwise into pepper


Close the 'jaw' and scrape the cheese off of the knife into one side of the jalapeno


Repeat for other side of the hollowed out pepper





Ta da!


Let's wrap this up!

Lay one slice of bacon on your work area


and place the stuffed jalapeno crosswise on it



And roll it on up



Securing the ends with a toothpick


They're ready for cooking!


On a medium high grill,


cook until bacon is crispy


These babies will be HOT - so be sure to allow some cooling time before devouring. . . it's the hardest part of making these - I guarantee it.

Thanks to Hubster for prepping the peppers, and J-boy for grilling them, we had a great side to our meal that night!  I apologize for some of the funky camera angles and blurry shots. . . When Hubster's as excited as he was to get these bacon-wrapped poppers a cookin', it's hard for my camera to keep up:-)

Have a Bacon-wrapped kind of day ~

Robin Z



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