Bacon Jalapeno Popper Puffs

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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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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
40 puffs

Ingredients

  • 4 strips bacon

Dipping Sauce:

  • ½ cup cream cheese, softened

  • ¼ cup creme fraiche or sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions, plus some for garnish

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Dough:

  • cup water

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 ounces shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup finely diced jalapeno peppers

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 cups vegetable oil for deep frying, or as needed

Directions

  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.

Tips

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)

275 Calories
23g Fat
9g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 30%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 76mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 99mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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