Friday, January 8, 2016

Epic Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

This is one of the most tasty ways we know to prepare chile peppers. These aren’t just appetizers—these are a meal! If you are in a hurry and want something easier, check out our recipe for Easy Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon

Recipe ©2016 John Gabriel Arends
Servings: 10
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes

10 large jalapeños (or other large chile pepper)
10 slices of maple bacon
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese or blue cheese
3 Tbsp butter
2 cloves of Garlic, minced
2 mushrooms

  1. Put the cream cheese and other cheeses in a large mixing bowl. Let it sit out in room temperature so that the cream cheese softens slightly while you make other preparations. 
  2. Preheat your barbecue grill outdoors (preferred) or preheat your oven at 325° (Fahrenheit) 
  3. Melt butter in a pan, and fry the garlic in the butter until fragrant and lightly browned. Pour the hot butter and garlic in with the cheese and mix thoroughly. 
  4. Slice the ends off of the jalapeños (the stem side), and core out a whole in the center of the pepper. (For more spice, mix these seeds into the cheese. For less spice, just discard them.) 
  5. Stuff the peppers with the cheese mixture as full as possible. Finally, cut a piece of mushroom to stuff into the end of the whole in the pepper. This will help prevent the cheese from leaking out when you cook the poppers. 
  6. Wrap each jalapeño in one whole piece of bacon. We highly recommend maple bacon, but any bacon will work. Be sure that you cover the sliced end of the pepper so that all of that cheese stays inside! Wrap the bacon in such a way that you can “tuck” the end back under itself so that the bacon won’t unravel. If your peppers are especially large, you may choose to wrap them in two pieces of bacon. 
  7. Place the bacon-wrapped peppers on your grill or in your oven. Turn them as necessary, and take them out once the bacon is fully cooked. 
  8. Very important: Let the poppers cool for at least 10 minutes. The inside is filled with boiling hot cheese, and you will scorch your mouth badly if you bite in too soon. 
You can use any chile peppers with this recipe. Jalapeños are the most popular for poppers in the USA, but we have enjoyed them with many different types.

If you would like to make the recipe spicier, try adding your favorite hot sauce or hot pepper powder into the cheese mixture! You will be pleasantly surprised!

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