One summer evening way back in June, we were grilling out at a good friend’s house, and he decided to make some jalapeño poppers from scratch. He didn’t follow a recipe; rather, he just kept making it up as he went along. The result was fabulous. While I don’t actually remember if he used jalapeños or smaller sweet peppers, what I do remember is how fantastic they were, and that they were much, much better than the pre-made, frozen kind.
I am a sucker for appetizers/hors d’oeuvres/munchies/etc. They’re an easy dinner if you make a few (I confess, it’s one of my favorite dinners if Mike is working 2nd shift on a Friday night), the perfect snack for when you’re watching Netflix and having a beer, and are low-maintenance when you have friends over. Jalapeño poppers are one of my favorites – particularly, the kind with cream cheese. I love cheese, and I especially love spicy food. Together, they’re a perfect combination.
I made these to compliment our weekly pizza night. Like our good friend, I made it up as I went along, and absolutely LOVED the result.
Cheesy Bacon Jalapeño Poppers – The Spicy Simmer
4-6 jalapeño peppers
- 4 tbsp reduced-fat cream cheese
- 4 tbsp shredded cheese (I had Sargento 4-Cheese Mexican on hand)
- 2 tbsp bacon, chopped fine (I used Oscar Mayer bacon pieces)
- Preheat oven to broil, on low setting if you have the option available. Spray a broiler pan (or cookie sheet) with cooking spray.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine cheeses and bacon.
- If you have disposable gloves, wear them to slice & seed the jalapeños. Otherwise, the capsaicin from the peppers will remain on your hands, and when you accidentally rub your eyes, they will burn! Anyway…slice and seed the peppers.
- With a small spoon, fill each pepper half with the cheese mixture, and lay open side up on the pan.
- Bake in oven for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese melts, and starts to brown a bit.
I am fairly certain that these poppers are a bit healthier than the frozen kind that we’re all accustomed to. There’s no breading, and no added oils. They are spicier than the ones in the box/bag as well, which I enjoyed, and yet there’s just enough cheese on each one to cool off your tongue. The bacon adds just a slight smoky, salty flavor and, well…bacon makes a lot of great things even better 😉
What’s your favorite appetizer?
PS – I’ve linked up this recipe at Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity. There’s other great recipes and ideas over there; check it out!