Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Appetizers are those little things you eat until you lose your appetite…

Having lived in Texas now for almost five years, I have come to love the jalapeno. I also love the chili pepper and the hatch peppers that come in the fall. Today, though, we’re going to talk jalapenos.

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Specifically, jalapenos stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon. YUM. As we all know, anything wrapped in bacon has to be good.

These little appetizers are so easy to make and are always a hit.

Choose jalapenos that are firm and not too big. Slice your jalapenos in half and take out the seeds. I highly recommend wearing gloves for this because jalapeno juice stings the eyes. You may think you don’t have any on your hands when you touch your face, but you will be wrong. Not that it has happened to me once or twice.

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Your next ingredients are bacon and cream cheese. Let the cheese sit out while you’re slicing and seeding the jalapenos, so it can soften up a little bit. Then put it in a heavy zip lock bag and cut off a corner.

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Putting the cheese in the bag makes it easier to spread on the jalapenos, and keeps mess to a minimum. Just squeeze a line of cheese into the hull of the jalapeno. Before you wrap the bacon around them, sprinkle a little bread crumbs over the top. This makes a little crust and keeps the cheese from going all over in the oven.

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Thick cut bacon works the best. Cut the bacon slices in half and use one piece for each jalapeno. Place on foil covered cookie sheet.

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These are a nice make-ahead appetizer, because at this point, you can keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to cook them. They taste best when they’re still warm. When you’re ready to cook them, preheat the oven to 425°. Cook for 25 minutes, uncovered, until bacon is crispy.

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Your kitchen will smell like bacony goodness. Who doesn’t love the smell of bacon?

Ta-da! Yummy appetizers, Texas style!

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I have made these twice in the last week and have brought home an empty plate, every time.

Enjoy!

9 comments:

  1. Ooh, you had me at bacon and cream cheese, but you lost me at jalapenos. I'm such a gringo, I can't do spicy at all. Like, the cheese sauce at Taco Bell is a wee bit spicy for me. Sigh. I'll just have to make them for others and eat the bacon dipped in cream cheese at home. :)

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  2. Wow, I'm making that. Thanks for sharing. I like the color and presentation and I bet they are tasty.

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  3. Yep, you are right, anything wrapped in bacon is the best! I've had these before and they are out of this world! Yum!

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  4. I've made that before, and it was a huge success. I

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  5. These look fabulous. I sent this to my husband and he has 3 hours until I'm on lunch to make them.

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  6. They were scrumdidilly! You may however, not post any recipes when you have moved...unless you are overnighting the results to me...penguins being the exception!

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  7. Oh, my husband made these for my birthday a few weeks ago. I have never had them and ate about 15 because I am crazy. Then I had a big piece of birthday cake and stayed up sick to my stomach all night. I felt like I would either throw up or have it come out the other end, neither happened, I just had one huge jalapeno popper sitting in my gut. Oh I was miserable. As soon as I felt better the next day ... I ate the 2 leftover ones. Because they are THAT good!

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  8. Yum. These look terrific. Can't wait to try them. :)

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