If you enjoy the gut-bombs that are classic, bacon-wrapped, jalapeno poppers, I think you'll love these shockingly light puffs. All the same flavors are there, especially when served with the easy cream cheese dip, and the prep is much easier.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
40 puffs
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Dipping Sauce:
Dough:

Directions

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  • Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble or finely chop. Drain fat from skillet, reserving 1 tablespoon.

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  • Mix cream cheese, creme fraiche, green onions, and lime juice together in a bowl. If mixture seems too thick, add enough water to thin it to your preferred consistency.

  • Place skillet over medium-high heat. Add cold water, butter, reserved bacon fat, and salt. Bring mixture to a simmer; reduce heat to medium. Pour in flour all at once. Stir to mix and mash with a wooden spoon until dough starts to pull together, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat; transfer dough to a mixing bowl and let cool for about 5 minutes.

  • When dough is cool, whisk in 1 egg. Mixture will separate slightly. Continue whisking in first egg until mixture pulls back together. Repeat with the second egg. Scrape down sides of bowl. Add diced jalapeno, bacon pieces, shredded cheese, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly with a spatula. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

  • Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F.

  • Using a small scoop, scoop out rounds of dough. Drop rounds of dough into hot oil and cook until golden brown and cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Work in batches if necessary. Transfer to a cooling rack.

  • serve with dipping sauce garnished with a few green onion slices.

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We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. Amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

275 calories; protein 7.6g 15% DV; carbohydrates 9.4g 3% DV; fat 23.3g 36% DV; cholesterol 96.6mg 32% DV; sodium 485.6mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (25)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2016
I made these or Superbowl just as the video shows. They came out fantastic, but the mixing of the dough with the eggs got very hard. My second time around, I put the dough in my Kitchenaid and beat the eggs separately in a small bowl before incorporating. Much easier. Love this recipe, and so do my guests. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/30/2018
I have made numerous Chef John recipes that turned out to be fantastic. Unfortunately this was the one I was unhappy with. The flavor of the poppers themselves were good. I made these for a work party and I received nothing but compliments. However I thought the dipping sauce could have been more flavorful. I added some extra seasoning of my own but I think the poppers are fine without the effort of the dip. I was frustrated with the number of poppers this made. The recipe states it makes 8 servings but doesn't specify what a serving is. I ended up with 15 which isn't bad but......I was further agitated because after making everything as directed which was very labor intensive and took significantly longer than I expected the first 4 I fried were immediately burnt despite heating the oil to the instructed temp. I ended up letting the oil get down to about 325 for the remainder of the poppers which turned out great but I still had 4 wasted. So after a long time I ended up with just 11 that I could take to my coworkers. Again the flavor was good but for 11 it was just not worth the effort. If I make these again I'll be prepared to double the recipe not get the oil so hot and either leave the dip or just buy pre-made from the store. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/21/2016
I made these or Superbowl just as the video shows. They came out fantastic, but the mixing of the dough with the eggs got very hard. My second time around, I put the dough in my Kitchenaid and beat the eggs separately in a small bowl before incorporating. Much easier. Love this recipe, and so do my guests. Read More
(21)
Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2016
I need 10 stars for this one! We love everything"popper" so had to try this. I did make a change by adding some chopped onion and had no white cheddar, so used mild yellow cheddar. Followed the video instructions and had no trouble incorporating the eggs. I did let the mixed ingredients sit overnight in the fridge and, after forming the balls, I put them in the freezer to set up better for deep frying. This will allow me to keep them on hand too, for those times you just have to have an emergency popper puff! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/29/2018
I have made numerous Chef John recipes that turned out to be fantastic. Unfortunately this was the one I was unhappy with. The flavor of the poppers themselves were good. I made these for a work party and I received nothing but compliments. However I thought the dipping sauce could have been more flavorful. I added some extra seasoning of my own but I think the poppers are fine without the effort of the dip. I was frustrated with the number of poppers this made. The recipe states it makes 8 servings but doesn't specify what a serving is. I ended up with 15 which isn't bad but......I was further agitated because after making everything as directed which was very labor intensive and took significantly longer than I expected the first 4 I fried were immediately burnt despite heating the oil to the instructed temp. I ended up letting the oil get down to about 325 for the remainder of the poppers which turned out great but I still had 4 wasted. So after a long time I ended up with just 11 that I could take to my coworkers. Again the flavor was good but for 11 it was just not worth the effort. If I make these again I'll be prepared to double the recipe not get the oil so hot and either leave the dip or just buy pre-made from the store. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2016
This is such a great easy and super delish find! The dipping sauce combo is amazing with the puffs and will absolutely be making these in the future! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2018
I made these to take to a cocktail party. I fried them right before I left and covered them with foil. They were still a little warm when I got there and were a huge hit. Even those that don't like spicy enjoyed them. I didn't see the need for the lime juice in the sauce so I left that out. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2016
I made a big mistake which I will not repeat. I made them ahead of time and instead of warming them in one layer on a cookie sheet in the oven at high temperature I warmed them in a covered dish. Instead of being crisp as they were originally they came out soft and spongy. Lesson learned but a delicious recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2018
I followed the recipe exactly and they came out great! Some were a little doughy on the inside so I will adjust the temperature next time. I like them better with the dipping sauce (which you have to get the recipe from foodwishes.com). I did add salt and cayenne to the sauce because I thought it was a little bland. I actually put the dipping sauce in a sandwich bag cut the tip off the corner and piped it over the puffs so people could just grab one and go. Worked great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2017
These are fantastic. Made exactly per recipe. Froze them for about 30 minutes then fried. And contrary to Chef John video comment they are beautiful. Based on another comment that these are similar to Brazilian Coxinha (Chicken Croquettes) now I am off on another foodie venture. Thanks Chef John. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2017
Forgot to take the picture before we gobbled them up. Super delicious I highly recommend this recipe. In the future I would like to try piping the dip into them. Read More