Jalapeno Poppers of Champions
I fashioned this delicious snack especially for Super Bowl XL! My vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends alike will be enjoying these as we root for our beloved Seattle Seahawks. Detroit 'Hawk City!!!
I fashioned this delicious snack especially for Super Bowl XL! My vegetarian and non-vegetarian friends alike will be enjoying these as we root for our beloved Seattle Seahawks. Detroit 'Hawk City!!!
Could these poppers BE any better? I did make with bacon and there are 2 tips I have to offer when using real bacon: 1) Cook at 375 to 400 for about 30 mins, depending on how crispy you like the bacon. (at the 12 minute mark using 350 degrees, my bacon was raw) 2) Use a fatter, rounder cocktail toothpick and soak them in water for about 30 mins before using so that the bacon grease doesnt burn them in the oven. I will be making again. The men last night devoured these in about 20 minutes. So simple and so good!!!Read More
I made a batch with real bacon and another with vegetarian bacon (for my veggie friends,) and the real bacon ones are much better. The recipe is pretty bland as is, so spicing up the cheese is recommended. I didn't use toothpicks, but I think I should have just to be able to handle them better, these suckers are greasy. Transfer them to a paper towel before plating them to get rid of some of the grease!Read More
Could these poppers BE any better? I did make with bacon and there are 2 tips I have to offer when using real bacon: 1) Cook at 375 to 400 for about 30 mins, depending on how crispy you like the bacon. (at the 12 minute mark using 350 degrees, my bacon was raw) 2) Use a fatter, rounder cocktail toothpick and soak them in water for about 30 mins before using so that the bacon grease doesnt burn them in the oven. I will be making again. The men last night devoured these in about 20 minutes. So simple and so good!!!
I've made these four times now and use Philadephia cream cheese with chives. I also use regular bacon and just cut a slice into thirds and place it directly on top of the cream cheese filled jalapenos - a whole lot easier than wrapping them around each half and having to use a toothpick, You can also crank up the oven to 400.
This was great, and so easy! I used real bacon and I baked on a rack over a jelly roll pan in the oven to help drain off some of the grease. Thanks for the idea.
Have never made this recipe with the vegetarian bacon but I do make this recipe with the real stuff. The only thing we do different is to grill them. They are awsome, just make sure you wrap the bacon around the cream cheese and secure it well with the toothpick!
As many have said I use real bacon (will have to try vegetarian when my vegetarian mother comes to visit!!! good idea) but I would also suggest instead of halving the Jalepenos just cut the top off the jalepenos and use a cheap oldschool metal peeler to scrape the inards out of the jalepeno.... saves alot of time! Two other comments: 1- WEAR GLOVES (or you will wind up like me crying in the shower trying to rinse my face) 2- Fun fact: did you know that the pointier the tip of the jalepeno, in general, is an indicator of it's hotness? If you are looking for more mild peppers pick the bluntest ended ones.
I made this for my potluck at work. Excellent! If you want mild poppers make sure you take out ALL the seeds! I used half slices of hickory smoked thick cut bacon. Remember to spoon off the grease every 10 minutes or you can try cooking them on a broiler pan. Don't forget to wear gloves when cutting up the peppers. I didn't. I couldn't put my contacts in for days. haha
I really shouldn't be reviewing because I changed the recipe so much, but I used real bacon and broiled them in the toaster oven. They were exactly what they sound like - cream cheese filled jalepeno wrapped in bacon. I think I was expecting the flavors to blend some more. I will try flavored cream cheese or use others' suggestions of spicing up the cream cheese with garlic powder or something. I also didn't need to use any toothpicks - the raw bacon sticks together when wrapped around the jalapeno and stayed that way in the oven.
AWESOME. Would give 10 stars if possible. I used real bacon and didn't need to use toothpicks, didn't leak at all. Word of advice, wear gloves, if you wear contacts then you need to wear gloves. Learned my lesson. You will love this recipe it is a no fail snack!
These were a huge hit this weekend. I added parsley flakes, garlic salt, and a small amount of grated cheddar to spice it up a bit. I also cut my real bacon in thin strips instead of using 1 big piece. I will make these again!
These were excellent & easy to do. I baked about twice as long as called for to make sure they were cooked all the way (I'm too chicken & was afraid they'd be too hot for me!!) Also used turkey bacon. GREAT recipe!!
Excellent! My aunt makes these quite often and they're even good cold. I made them last night with real bacon and cooked them on a sheet of aluminum on the grill (for about 20 minutes but a little less would have been fine). I didn't use toothpicks and can see where they would have been helpful but definitely not necessary. WARNING: WEAR GLOVES when prepping your peppers. I ended up with Capsaicin in the pores of my hands and would not wish that on anyone - it took over 12 hours for the burning to subside.
These were great. Like others, I used real bacon, which I precooked a bit. I also blanched the peppers in simmering water for two minutes as mentioned in another recipe's review. Baked at 400 degrees 'til done. By precooking the peppers and the bacon, I cut down on smoke and everything cooked through at the same time.
Always a hit, I use Pineapple Cream Cheese and it seems to be a perfect mix with the jalapeno
Just a quick tweek...SOooo...NEW MEXICO,Yummy...I having been using this great recipe for years. Although, I did find that using flavored whipped cream cheese(as with chives) and garlic added too...really is an easy way to spice up the cream cheese. REAL Bacon is a must. They are the hit of parties and you can never make enough for the Boys. I am able to get fresh peppers here in New Mexico in the Fall.
Awesome! I sprinkled a parmesan/romano blend cheese on top of the cream cheese before wrapping them in bacon. A little fresh cilantro would have been a nice addition, but my grocery store was out. Don't worry if you don' have toothpicks; I didn't use them and the bacon stayed on just fine. I wrapped the stuffed peppers in foil and grilled them over indirect heat for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese was melted and the peppers began to darken. I finished them off with a couple of minutes under the broiler to crisp the bacon. Fanastic! They were gone in minutes. If you don't want a lot of heat, be sure to scrape out ALL of the seeds and white membrane. You can also try blanching the halved peppers in boiling water before stuffing. As for my family, bring on the heat!
Great recipe, BUT if you don't wear gloves and get the hot capsasin on your skin it will burn. The antidote to the burn isn't washing with water but with a dairy product like MILK. It is the only thing that will stop the burning. And it does work. I found this out from personal experience after I found washing with soap and water made almost no impact. Remember soak in MILK and it will wash the burning out.
SUGGESTION: regular center cut bacon works great also try a packet of the hidden valley ranch dressing mixed with the cream cheese, you won't be disapointed.
I love this recipe and will be making for Superbowl! The only thing we do differently, is I cook real bacon in the microwave, then crumble on top, and put in the oven. They aren't quite as messy this way!
I made a batch with real bacon and another with vegetarian bacon (for my veggie friends,) and the real bacon ones are much better. The recipe is pretty bland as is, so spicing up the cheese is recommended. I didn't use toothpicks, but I think I should have just to be able to handle them better, these suckers are greasy. Transfer them to a paper towel before plating them to get rid of some of the grease!
I've made these twice; the first time I followed the recipe exactly, using some “facon” (fake bacon) to wrap around the jalapenos. They came out very good. The second time my hubby requested that I not take out all of the seeds and veins, and requested that I use turkey bacon. Clearly, this was a bad decision. Holy moly, they were burnin’ hot. The turkey bacon was alright, but frankly it didn’t taste any different to me than the facon. Thanks for the great recipe, and I will be sure to abide by your directions next time and take out the seeds and membranes!
Soooo, good. I did add garlic salt, parsley flakes & just laid the bacon to cover the filling.
This is the first time I have attempted anything like this and, being a novice cook, I was very pleased with the results. I did heed the other reviews and wore gloves. I wanted to try this before my New Year's Party and I'm glad I did. I baked the sutffed peppers for 35 minutes at 400 degrees, using thick cut bacon stips cut in half. I also lined the baking pan with wax paper for easy cleanup and put the peppers on a baking rack. After 35 minutes the bacon was done but not crispy. They were easy to bite through and not messy or gooey. However, the cream cheese was a little bland, I'm going to pep this up a bit for the party , use a full strip of bacon on my extra big (5") jalapenos and add some spices to the cream cheese. I just don't know what kind yet! Overall, this was an easy recipie and I will deffinately use it again with some slight modifications. Thanks for a delicious appetizer for my party. The men who are not watching thier weight will love it.
fast and great!
DELICIOUS! We used pineapple cream cheese and panchetta (italian bacon, found in most deli meat sections). I know the pineapple cream cheese sounds weird, but the combination of sweet and spicy is perfect! yum yum yum.
this recipe was a great start to a great popper! i added worsitishire (sp?) sauce and granulated garlic and a little bit of salt. also you can add the seeds back for some hottness! and added some shredded chedder. wrapped them inbaon and laid them on the grill until bacon was done. Yummo!
Turned out awesome thanks to this recipe! My friends loved it and I'll definitely be making more of this appetizer next time I invite guests over!
I actually made it with the soy bacon, and it was good, but just not that exciting. Just like I thought it would, the soy bacon crisped up really fast and was easy to use. Like another reviewer, I baked the poppers for the first half and then put them under the broiler to crisp the tops. I have to say, I thought this recipe was really bland. I ended up making a few changes. First, I did a mix of peppers, and found that we liked the wax (or banana) peppers the best. They were a little sweeter and added a great flavor. I also used reduced fat cream cheese and added garlic powder, black pepper, and grill seasoning. Next time I'll either add more spices or throw in a packet of ranch mix to get some more flavor. These might be better with some kind of dipping sauce too, I was just trying to keep it healthy.
Loved This. Was a big hit over Easter. Changed a couple of things due to other reviewers suggestions. I mixed some parmesan with the cream cheese and laid a piece of bacon on top of the jalapeno's. I baked at 400 for 25 minutes and then broiled until crispy. Yummy
These were excellent! I did have to cook them quite a bit longer than suggested. I cooked them for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. I used a 1/2 slice of bacon per jalapeno. My company LOVED them. They commented that they were PERFECT! These are simple but time consuming. Until you clean the inside out and then stuff and wrap them...it takes more time than I thought. You can prepare them ahead of time. I have them done 2 hours before my company came and then I just popped them in the over. One last thing...if you have never worked with jalapenos..make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after you work with the peppers.
Made these for the family...they ate 'em up in no time! Easy & yummy!
My soon to be hubby loves this! I added some pepper and garlic salt to the cream cheese and they were perfect!
They were very good, but quite a tedious preperation.
Very simple and tasted great! Were gone so quick! i used reg, already cooked bacon. Cooked 25min, came out great! i had a few left and i reheated in microwave for about 45sec and they came out tasting just as good reheated.
Deliciously simple...simply delicious. My goodness. My friends and I can't get enough of them. I know its irresponsible, but even during the salmonella scare, we're willing to risk salmonella for its deliciousness. It should be safe since it's cooked right? I wrap each jalapeno half in half of a bacon strip (no need for toothpick) and drizzle honey over it. A delicious carmelization is formed. I think I'll experiment with some garlic powder of other spices in the cream cheese later.
If you wanna use real bacon, but you're looking for a slightly healthier version than normal poppers, check this out: We make these ALL the time in our house, but rather than wrapping the halves, we lay 1/3 piece of thick-cut bacon on top of each cream-cheese-filled half (bonus - no toothpicks needed!!!). Then we cook them at 425 degrees for 48-55 minutes (we make a HUGE tray of them at a time - cook less time if you don't use the thick bacon). Line the pan with foil to make clean much less hellish, of course. These are to DIE for, and the 1/3 bacon still gives you all the flavor and crunchy/chewiness of the bacon with a few less heart attacks (use light cream cheese to keep away more angina). We'll continue to make these over and over and over again... EXTRA NOTE: Leftover poppers folded into an omelet or cut up into scrambles eggs the next morning are something you wish you could eat every single day, I promise.
This recipe was good. I used Anaheim peppers instead of jalapenos because sometimes jalapenos are too spicy for me. I added one cup of shredded monterrey jack cheese to the cream cheese. I also used real bacon. For some crunch I crushed up some homemade tortilla chips and coated the cream cheese side of the peppers before wrapping them in bacon. I pan-fried them before putting them in the oven to get em crispy and render off some of the fat. They were good, but I will probably tweak the recipe some more next time to add more flavor. Great starter recipe though!
Disappeared so fast on new year's eve!
These are AWESOME. I used real bacon, 425 oven about 1/2 hour til crisp. Could use a few more stars though!!!!! Could sit down and eat the whole batch myself
I made these this weekend for a backyard bbq and everyone loved them. I used real bacon and added garlic powder and season salt to the cream cheese. I increased cooking time to 30 min. so the bacon was cooked well. They were awesome! Thanks for the recipe.
Neighbors love these everytime I make them. I add cheddar cheese, garlic and chives or green onions
These are quite excellent. I used whole peppers and removed the stem and just enough of the inside so that I could stuff them full of cream cheese. I used light cream cheese so that the heat of the oven wouldn't cause the cheese to run out all over the baking sheet. I also used real bacon...one slice per pepper. Oh my, were they good! There were enough of the seeds left inside the peppers to give them a definite kick! I'll make these again and again. I didn't time the cooking time but baked them until the bacon looked crispy. Probably about 30 - 45 minutes. Thank you for the great recipe!
These were SO good. I did mix the cream cheese with an asiago/parm cheese (shredded) mixture and spread it on a piece of uncooked bacon and used the small slices of jalapeno that you can get in a jar. Wrapped them up. Stuck them with a toothpick and baked til the bacon was crisp...It was a little tricky trying to wrap them in such a way that the cream cheese didnt ooze out, which some still did..but they were DELICIOUS
I am the odd duck with this recipe. I made this as an appetizer for a dinner party, and I did not have one person that liked them! The cream cheese exploded out of every crease it could and basically melted all over the pan. The flavor was even odd.
Really good. We used turkey bacon. Cooked for 12 minutes then broiled for 3-4 minutes.
I used real bacon as well and cut the strips in half before wrapping. I made ahead of time and brought them camping. These cooked over the fire well, wrapped in foil. Can be grilled as well on a foil tray with the grill lid down. These were a big hit with our friends.
I was looking for a quick and easy heart healthy low cholesterol snack and I found one! These are sooo delicious, I substituted low fat cream cheese for the regular cream cheese. They were so good I didn't even get a chance to take a picture of them!
I agree with the comments about spicing up the cream cheese filling. Next time, I will try to cut off just the top of the jalapeno rather than cutting lengthwise so that less cream cheese oozes out. The cheese could be piped in with a pastry bag (or ziploc baggy with the corner cut off).
Kind of time consuming to make, but any time we have a potluck/get together, these are always requested... and the first thing to get gobbled up!
Wonderful...we had a BBQ for our son's engagement party. These were a hit. I did use real bacon...Patriot's fan's like their pork!
Very good with real bacon and some Johnnys (Pacific Northwest Staple) added to cream cheese. Will make again for a Seahawk game!!! Paired well with the restaurant style wings recipe found here!
Fantastic and simple. My two favorite things. I added a little garlic powder to the cream cheese. Everyone (ages 2-98) gobbled these down. I made them ahead of time and popped them in just before serving. I did need to bake them a bit longer than the recipe says, too.
A friend of mine made these for Superbowl party, They were Great! So I thought I would try to make some at home. They were so easy and a hit! I used real bacon as well and turned up the heat to 400* and cooked longer.
Two YUMS way up for this recipe! We use turkey bacon instead of the pork and I have to make sure everyone gets the same amount of filled poppers or a fight breaks out for the last one! :D
We made these for dinner and they were delicious. I think they would be a great food for a party. The only thing I would change is that I live in high altitude so next time I think I will bake them a little longer.
Really liked these poppers. I did add about 1/4 C. grated parmesean cheese and a few dashed of garlic powder. Will make again.
This is what I make except I use real bacon and put them in the oven on about 200 for 3 hours or so. Don't ask me why, the recipe was given to me this way and this is the way I always make them.
I cut the bacon if half and that worked great. Very yummy
These are wonderful! As a vegetarian, I did use the veg bacon, and I loved it. I followed the recipe as written, except I cut my bacon in half lengthwise(making it thinner), which made it easier to wrap around the small jalapenos I had.
These were great. Having them almost every weekend.
I used regular raw bacon and added some scallions and sour cream to the cream cheese but cooked them 10 minutes longer than recipe...They were so good! Definitely will make again.
I only use a half strip of bacon for each and used fat free cream cheese and turkey bacon. I have made it both ways and love them both!
I baked these at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, turning half way through. They were awesome! They are also great grilled. I thawed out some jalepenos that were frozen from my garden last July to use, and they tasted as good as fresh. Jalepenos are full of vitamin C so these poppers are sort of healthy!
Wonderful! Even my meat-and-potatoes boyfriend loved them. The leftovers were good too. Will definitely be making these again.
I've never tried these particular ones, but when my family was here from New Orleans, my stepson made some similar. After seeding and removing the membranes to make the peppers milder (to my dismay, lol) he also added some cheddar on top of the cream cheese before wrapping in the regular meat bacon. YUM YUM YUM. A big hit that I'll make for a long time to come.
With only three ingredients, these looked too good to be true. I used real bacon, cooked in the microwave just until done and pliable. I added another minute or two to the oven cooking time. The only suggestion I have is to list the serving size as more than only one - just try to eat only one of these!! Only three of us inhaled all 18 rather quickly.
I prefer to grill my poppers, because it gives them a slightly smokey flavor. I also lightly fry the bacon before wrapping them, to reduce the chance of burning the jalapenos. Absolutely delicious. Can't make them that often, or I might have a heart attack.
They were the highlight of the party for sure. There was missing something, but can't figure it out yet. I think some flavour added to the cheese would be nice.
What Not to do! Use real bacon & put on grill to cook! Charred the bottoms & took forever! Still, everyone gobbled them up & looked for more! Delicious! Next time will do in the oven after 1/2 cooking the bacon to get out the grease!
Excellent version of poppers. Easy to make and taste great. I also used real bacon and baked at 385 for 30 minutes. I turned on the speed bake for the last 3 minutes and they turned out perfectly.
yummy! my hubby was drinking gallons of water, but would not stop eating them! the recipe does need more than 8oz of cream cheese, probably 12oz would be enough.
Can't go wrong here! Make sure to place poppers on a cooling rack inside a cookie dish lined with foil...helps the bacon crisp up.
We do like these but the baking time is not long enough. I baked them for 40 minutes at 375F. on a rack and they were just right. This would have been 5 stars but for the baking time being so far off. Used regular thin sliced bacon and added 1/4 package of ranch dressing mix to the cream cheese. Next time I'll add garlic powder to it, also. Maybe garlic salt because, oddly enough, they seemed to lack salt. I only had 10 fairly large jalapenos and had enough filling for about 12 (24 halves). It doesn't work to overfill the halves because the cream cheese swells and the excess simply falls in the bottom of the pan. I was glad to be able to serve these without the breading and deep frying. Atkins dieters alert: This is a good appetizer for that diet. P.S. Removing seeds and membranes from your peppers gives you a pretty mellow product. Also, the longer they sit before you bake them the more mild they are. I think our 2 year old grandson would have eaten and liked these. You're left with only the flavor of the jalapeno, not the heat. I used lightweight rubber gloves to prepare these and washed my hands with soap with them on as I went from step to step. You don't want the pepper juice all over everything and it does burn if it gets in your eyes. Happy Football Season and thanks, Seahawks Fan
You KNOW a dish is good when it's gone in the first five minutes... a big hit at the Superbowl party, these puppies didn't last long enough to see kickoff! I took a tip from another reviewer and used real bacon, then upped the temp to 375 and the cook time to 25-30 minutes. I will DEFINITELY be making this again!
Awesome & soooo easy! Made 4 dozen - people were asking for more. Don't forget to wear gloves to seed the peppers. Will make these again and again and again. Use a ziploc bag wtih the corner cut to smear the cream cheese. I used real bacon - baked @ 375 for 25min - Perfect!
Good, but I'm still searching for that "perfect" recipe.
Used real bacon, they were pretty dang good, just a little chewy.
It was so easy to make and was a hit! I had it at a Mexican restaurant in Cancun and was looking for the recipe. Thank you for the recipe.
I made the poppers with both real bacon and veggie bacon. It's definitely a hit for the people who eat meat and my vegetarian friends. Adding chive and onion cream cheese makes a huge difference. I actually mixed it with whipped cream cheese so it wasn't so heavy.
Assuming that you spice up the cream cheese and precook the peppers, these will definitely disappear in a hurry.
All I can about these is YUM. My boyfriend has been making a recipe similar to this for years, whenever we have a party or guests over. He uses a tub of spreadable cream cheese in leiu of a block of cheese. I have never tried it with soy bacon, but now that I've gone mostly vegetarian, I will have to give it a try! These are by far, my favorite appetizer!
It's wrong not to include a small (31-40 size, raw, de-veined and peeled completely) shrimp on top of the cheese when you wrap it and stick it with the toothpick. Also, I think you should only use half a slice of streaky bacon per half jalapeno. If you have people who don't like hot foods too much, substitute half anaheim peppers (the 5" long narrow green ones) for half the batch. Since they are longer, you can split the anaheim and make four poppers out of each pepper (use 2 slices of bacon for each anaheim). IIRC, there are thirteen slices of bacon in a package of thick cut real bacon (1 lb) so if you half each then you will need 13 peppers also.
Tip of the hat to ya :)
I use thin, real bacon (1/2 strip), bake at 400 degrees for 30 mins. I added a pineapple chunk to each one and everyone RAVED about them - just enough sweetness to offset the hot. These are a hit every single time I make them.
these are very good, but I prefer regular bacon, and only wrap each half with 1/3 strip of bacon
This recipe as is is kind of plain typical jalapeno popper. I used real bacon and doctored my cream cheese quite a bit. I added a packet of dry ranch and some shredded cheese(the thin kind in the bag). This is a great starting place and anything with bacon is awesome but if you want it to stand out you very much need to add something to it.
I've been making these poppers for a few years and they are awesome. I usually use about 9 for a tub of honey nut cream cheese. I probably have a little more ooze but they are so good. Thin sliced bacon seems to work best. I definitely recommend trying the honeu nut cream cheese!
I used regular bacon and only used 1/2 slice per jalapeno half. Took about 25 minutes to bake. Delicious! These are also good when cooked on the grill.
These are so good and so simple! I make them with real bacon, but that's just my preference.
Love it!!!!! I like to cook mine a little longer, get the bacon good and crispy. Doesnt really need any change in the recipe in my opinion. Perfect!
These were a big hit with the family...I for some reason wasn't entirely crazy about them...i thought it was too much bacon....I'm sure it was just me considering how EVERYONE else loved them...but i felt a little sick after eating a bunch...PS smaller jalapenos are more spicey than the larger ones so consider that when you buy the peppers =)
These were delicious! I followed one reviewer's recommendation and soaked the tooth picks before baking, which helped. They were very flavorful. I will be making these again and next time I am going to try them on the grill.
OMG! Everyone LOVED these!. I spiced them up a notch too adding some with garlic powder and some with chipolte seasoning. People are asking me to bring them to the next party!
I have never made these with vegetarian bacon, and I know I never will - real bacon is required for this dish in my opinion! I add some shredded cheddar cheese & chopped green onions - and brush some bbq sauce on top of the bacon, and its just one of those addictive foods you can't stop eating. I give the recipe a 3-4 star as written, but a 5 star plus with a couple modifications.
I used real bacon too and another similar recipe on here also includes topping each bacon wrapped pepper with some brown sugar which helps cut the heat even more and the candy the bacon!!! I also use herb/garlic cream cheese from time to time for a little extra favor. SO GOOD!!!!!
I used sweet peppers for this recipe because not everyone in the family enjoys spicy food. Also instead of cutting the peppers boat-shaped, I just hollowed out the veins and seeds from the pepper and stuffed them with cream cheese. The family loved the flavor the bacon gave them. Pro tip: mix bacon bits in with the cream cheese and wrap with even more bacon.
Followed the advice of others and placed a strip of bacon on top rather than wrapping it around. Added some shredded cheddar to the cream cheese mixture, too. Cooked for about 20 minutes @ 375 degrees.
These were awesome! I didn't have any gloves so I used plastic bags over my hands. Instead of wrapping the bacon I cut the strips of bacon in half and placed over the piped cream cheese. Anyhow I took these to a luau party and they were a huge hit, eaten in minutes. thx for sharing!
These disappear faster than we can make them!