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Bacon Jalapeno Popper Puffs

Rated as 4.71 out of 5 Stars
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"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."
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Ingredients

1 h 15 m servings 291
Original recipe yields 8 servings (40 puffs)

Directions

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
  6. 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.
  7. serve with dipping sauce garnished with a few green onion slices.

Footnotes

  • 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


Per Serving: 291 calories; 25.1 9.4 7.6 98 488 Full nutrition

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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 b...

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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...

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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 b...

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...

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!

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...

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 dis...

I made these to use up some jalapenos from the garden and to experiment and see if I want to make a large amount to put in the freezer. They got rave reviews from my family, who all said they pr...

AMAZING!! I love the taste of the puffs - just perfect! My husband is not a popper fan and was worried these would be too spicy as well. He told me to make them again. Highest compliment! Chef ...

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 ...

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'...