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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers Appetizer
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 40 min
  • Servings 12

With bubbling cheese, savory bacon, and spicy peppers, these bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers have everything that makes guests reach for one after another. No one will ever know this appetizer is such a breeze to make, with just 15 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes in the oven. MORE+ LESS-

Inspired Taste
October 4, 2018

Ingredients

12
wooden toothpicks
4
oz (half of 8-oz package) cream cheese, softened
2
tablespoons chopped fresh chives or finely chopped green onions
6
jalapeño chiles (2 to 3 inch), halved lengthwise, seeded
4
slices bacon

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with foil or cooking parchment paper. Soak toothpicks in small bowl of warm water to prevent burning.
  • 2
    In small bowl, mix cream cheese and chives. Spoon mixture evenly into chile halves.
  • 3
    Cut each bacon slice crosswise into thirds. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each stuffed chile half; secure with soaked toothpick. Place on cookie sheet.
  • 4
    Bake 25 minutes or until bacon is crispy and chiles are tender. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

  • The real heat in fresh chiles is in the internal membranes, and to a lesser extent the seeds. So scrape out the inside of each chile with the tip of small paring knife. Unless you love heat, then flick out the seeds and leave the ribs inside.
  • The oils in hot chiles (capsaicin) can be seriously irritating to the skin, so if you’re sensitive wear gloves (latex or plastic) while you’re handling them. If you don’t wear gloves, be sure to carefully wash your hands when you’re done with hot water and soap so the oils are completely washed away.
  • Jalapeños are large enough to easily fill with the cream cheese mixture, but if you want a real hit of heat try using smaller Serrano chiles. The richness of the cheese and bacon balances the heat.
  • Simplify prep by using pre-cooked bacon slices. Warm them slightly in the microwave, just until they’re pliable. Slice them in half and wrap up the cheese-filled chiles. You can decrease the baking time by nearly half.
  • Grill Method: Heat gas or charcoal grill. Prepare chiles as directed. Place stuffed chiles, filling side up, on grill over medium-high heat. Cover grill; cook 15 to 20 minutes or until bacon is crispy and chiles are tender.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
50
Calories from Fat
40
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
6%
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
15mg
4%
Sodium
80mg
3%
Potassium
45mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
0g
0%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
8%
8%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This riff on a party-favorite appetizer features fresh jalapenos filled with cream cheese and chives and wrapped in a slice of crispy bacon. While this recipe is easy to prepare, Betty has step-by-step instructions, if you need 'em. A word of caution: do not touch your eyes after handling jalapenos! If you do, the heat from these spicy peppers will burn. If you’re looking for more appetizers to serve alongside these poppers, check out the rest of Betty’s appetizer recipes.

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