Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

by sunshine on January 20, 2009

There’s only a few more days left of my Southern Living at Home online party, so I thought I’d go out with a bang!  I’ve saved the best party food recipes for last!

For the longest time I wouldn’t touch anything that had jalapenos in it because I thought they were too hot.  Boy, was I wrong.  Jalapenos add such great flavor to all kinds of food (even pizza!).  I have become a big fan, which is why I must share this awesome recipe!  Perfect to serve at any party!!

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Recipe and picture courtesy: The Pioneer Woman

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Printable Version: Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Jalapenos (around 2 inches in size)
  • Cream Cheese, softened
  • Regular Bacon, sliced into thirds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Cut jalapenos in half, length-wise and remove all of the seeds.  Fill each jalapeno half with cream cheese.
  2. Wrap each jalapeno with a slice of bacon (1/3 regular slice).  Secure bacon by sticking a toothpick through the middle of each jalapeno.
  3. Bake on a pan with a rack in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  (You don’t want the bacon to shrink so much it starts to squeeze the filling out of the jalapeno)  If after 25 minutes the bacon does not look cooked, turn your broiler on for a couple of minutes to cook the bacon (keep a close eye while you’re using the broiler!)

The taste best when served hot, but also taste good served at room temperature.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Karla November 11, 2009 at 9:51 pm

These are great. You can also mix it up by:

-adding pico to the cream cheese
-addnig a small piece of shrimp to each half
-substitute the cream cream with cheddar cheese

Also, you can cook them on a grill if you are having a BBQ. The link below is for jalapeno cookers you can use to ensure they are cooked evenly.

http://www.happyanywhere.com/detail.asp?product_i

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liz May 18, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Another really tasty alteration is to add chopped green apple and some thin slices of green onion mixed into the cream cheese!

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Jim July 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

If you wanna kick up the heat a notch, use fully ripened red jalapenos (far and away easier if you grow your own peppers, like I do). Green jalapenos are not ripe and have not achieved their maximum heat potential.
For some serious heat and a slight citrus flavor, substitute habaneros for the jalapenos.

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