Okay, we've made these a few times now and I would like to pass on a couple of valuable tips.
Instead of trying to wrap the bacon around the pepper, just cut a smaller piece and lay it securely on top of the stuffed pepper and pierce it with the toothpick to hold it in place. You can even fold it over if the bacon is too wide. It is SO much easier and cheaper to do it that way, and you still get plenty of bacon flavor. Also, it does help to pre-cook the bacon for a minute or two prior to using it.
Also, we discovered that if you add some taco seasoning to the sausage, it really kicks up the flavor even more. We added sharp cheddar cheese and cut back on the cream cheese which really helped. That will now be our standard stuffed jalapeno recipe.
We made about 100 of these for a wedding recently and they disappeared within an hour. Everybody raved!
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Okay, we've made these a few times now and I would like to pass on a couple of valuable tips....