Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers!

It’s a tradition to bring something savory and something sweet to our family Christmas party. This year our savory treat was Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers! These spicy little darlings have quickly become one of our family favorites. We make them on New Years Eve and for our Superbowl Food Fest! We’ll probably make them for graduation this year too! We love them! This recipe is loosely based on The Pioneer Woman’s BBQ Poppers. We’ve modified them to fit our family tastes. Feel free to do the same! This recipe makes 50 poppers, so if you don’t have a large family, cut the recipe in half.

Start with some gorgeous fresh Jalapenos. You want them to be about two to three inches long. I found these at our farmers market for $0.49 lb. 25 poppers cost me less than $2.00! I love that!

Cut them in half lengthwise. Try to keep the stems intact. It makes them look prettier! Always use gloves when handling peppers and be careful!

Remember the heat of the jalapeno comes from the seeds and those white membranes. Scrape them out completely, or if you’re feeling spicy leave a few seeds in the shells.
Mix soft cream cheese, grated sharp cheddar cheese, sliced green onions and minced garlic together in a bowl.

Stuff each pepper half with cheese, then wrap with bacon. MMmmMMmm! Secure the bacon with a toothpick and throw them in the oven!

You can also make them without bacon, but why would you do that??? (Ok, if you do, they’ll look like this…)

Bake at 275 degrees for about an hour. Serve hot from the oven, or warm or at room temperature. They are delicious no matter what.

Don’t they look good? Better look fast because they will disappear quickly!

Here is the full recipe!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
You’ll need:
2 – 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
4 green onions (both green and white parts) sliced
2 tsp minced garlic
25 slices of thin bacon, cut in half crosswise (approx 2 lbs)
25 fresh jalapenos
Rubber gloves for handling the jalapenos

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. We’re baking low and slow!
Begin by cutting the jalapenos in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to gently scrape out the membranes and seeds. (If you like your poppers with a bit more spice, leave some of the seeds!) In a bowl you’ll combine the cheeses, onions and garlic. Beat them together with a mixer until blended. Stuff each jalapeno half with cheese mixture. Gently wrap half a piece of bacon around the jalapeno, covering as much of the cheese mix as possible. Use a toothpick to secure the bacon. Cook the poppers on a rack over a sheet pan (there will be a lot of grease from the bacon) for an hour or until the bacon is sizzling.

To make a vegetarian version – don’t use bacon! They come out perfectly without it. (Don’t tell my family I said that!!)

You can also brush them with your favorite BBQ sauce. The possibilities are endless! I hope your family loves them as much as we do! Enjoy!

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