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Jalapenos Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers - fresh and plump jalapenos sliced in half and filled with a a rich, creamy and cheesy filling. These Jalapeno Poppers are BAKED and can be wrapped around with bacon or topped with crispy Panko breadcrumbs. A fantastic party appetizer or game day food!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, bacon wrapped, cinco de mayo, jalapeno, party food
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12 poppers
Calories 156 kcal
Author Immaculate Bites

Ingredients

  • 6 plump jalapeno peppers
  • 6 ounce (180 g) cream cheese
  • 6 ounce (168 g) gouda cheese
  • 1 teaspoon (5 g) minced garlic
  • 1 green onion , finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 strips regular bacon (see notes 3)
  • ½ tablespoon (7 g) unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup (12.5 g) Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon (0.13 g) dried parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet pan with foil and coat it with cooking spray.

  2. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and ribs.

  3. In a medium bowl combine: cheeses, garlic, green onions, salt and pepper. Mix together until evenly blended. 

  4. Fill each jalapeno half with about 1 - 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture.

  5. Cut the bacon in half crosswise and wrap each stuffed pepper half with a slice of bacon. Tuck the ends of the bacon under or use a toothpick to secure them so they don't fall apart while baking. 

  6. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add in the breadcrumbs and parsley and toss together until slightly brown. Use the breadcrumbs to top some of the peppers in place of bacon. 

  7. Arrange the poppers on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart and bake for 20-25 minutes. Once the poppers are cooked through and most of the fat is out from the bacon, grill (broil) for 2-3 minutes to crisp the bacon to your liking, if needed. 

  8. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. Try to use gloves (latex or any type of protective gloves) when cutting and gutting the peppers. very spicy peppers can cause your fingers to burn, it won’t be horrible but a bit uncomfortable.
  2. Poppers topped with breadcrumbs will take about 5 minutes less cooking time in the oven.
  3. Avoid using thick cut bacon for this recipe because they will take a lot longer to crisp up in the oven. If your bacon is very thin, you can use 1 strip of bacon , instead of ½ a slice as the recipe suggests.
  4. If you are cooking for people who cannot tolerate any spice you can also make these using baby bell peppers.
  5. Some people test  jalapenos for heat for heat before buying , some are extremely hot while others have so little heat. If there is  little or no heat, they will not be hot because physical heat such as baking or frying kills most of the peppers’ spiciness.

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.