Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers

The name says it all. Yes, please! This is a recipe that I found on allrecipes.com and is super easy and absolutely delicious. We have tons of jalapeno peppers on our plant and I wanted to find a recipe that utilized a lot of them, but wasn’t too hot to eat.

First, heat the oven to 400F and line a pan with aluminum foil. Cut 12 jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise (we only had 6, but I wanted to try out the recipe anyway). Remove the insides and seeds from the sliced peppers. It is important to remove the seeds because that is what makes the pepper hot. There is still a little bit of a kick for taste.

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In the photograph above you can see a sliced jalapeno and one that I am getting ready to slice. The seeds and insides are then removed and I did this using a butter knife. Below you can see sliced jalapeno with the insides and seeds and the second photograph where they have been removed.

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Next, mix half a block of cream cheese (I actually microwaved the cream cheese for about 20 sec to soften). Then, add 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese to the cream cheese and mix thoroughly. The photos below show the cheese mixture.

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Next, fill each jalapeno half with some of the cheese mixture and place the halves together. This part can get a little messy. I wish we had larger jalapenos to use th rest of the cheese mixture. We only had 6 jalapenos instead of 12 (like the recipe called for) so we had some cheese mixture leftover. The photograph below shows each of the halves filled with the cheese mixture and then placing the two together to form the full pepper.

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Next, I cut bacon strips in half since the peppers were on the small side and I wanted to make sure that the bacon would get fully cooked. Wrap each cheese-filled jalapeno pepper with a half slice of bacon and place each on top of the aluminum foiled tray (photograph below).

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Bake the poppers at 400F for 30 min. The recipe says to bake for 20 min, but I found that I needed to bake them for longer. 20 min was not long enough to cook the bacon. After 30 min of baking, I let the poppers cool a little bit before eating. And…YUM!

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The poppers were a little bit messy – you can see the cheese mixture baked out of the jalapeno halves, but I think that with larger peppers the cheese will fit in better. Enjoy!

Online Recipe:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-poppers/

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