Recipe by templina71
"This recipe came about after years of competition with family and friends over the perfect stuffed jalapeno. Bring your tissues because these are HOT! Goes well with Summer Beer I from this site."
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jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise
1 (8 ounce) package
cream cheese, softened
Cajun seasoning, or to taste
jalapeno bacon, cut in half
I've made these for years. Everytime I make them they are the first app to go. I haven't tried with the cajun seasoning but will next time. One thing to add is finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese stuffed right on top of the cream cheese and before you wrap in the bacon. ALTERNATE COOKING METHOD: Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes until the bacon is nearly done then broil them for about 5 minutes to crisp up the bacon. WATCH them when they are broiling so they don't burn. If you just broil them, I find the bacon comes out charred in some places and fatty and limp in others, and you don't have to flip them with this method. Also, cook on a rack with a cookie sheet so they are not sitting in the rendered fat of the bacon.....I've done these 30+ times and expierimented with the cooking method.
I also have made these for years. The only thing that I do differently is I leave the pepper whole and before I put the cream cheese filling in the pepper, I squeeze into the tip of the pepper just a tiny bit of raspberry jelly (have used strawberry and red plum too, but raspberry is best)so your last bite has a very pleasant surprise in store. Give it a try in at least a couple of them and see what you think.
Fantastic twist to the usual jalapeno popper. After reading reviews I pulled it off like this:
Did all the recommended prep plus baked the jalapenos for 15 minutes at 350 to lessen the heat. Let them cool a couple of minutes so I could handle them and filled them with a mixture of 1/2 tub of whipped cream cheese, 1/4 cup or so of cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup parmesean cheese, and 1 teaspoon seasoning (Costco no salt seasoning). Took the 1/2 slice of bacon, wrapped it around and put them cheese side up in the 350 oven. Change it to low broil and kept an eye on them for 5-10 minutes until the cheese started to brown and the bacon was lightly crisped. Heaven, heaven, heaven!!! There was a little crunch in the jalapeno which was nice so you got a couple of good bites without dragging the filling all out. Enough heat in the jalapeno to be flavorful and not burn your tongue off so you can't taste the next one. Delish! Will certainly do this again and again and again!
These are fantastic!! I also added some chopped pineapple and garlic powder to the cream cheese. Everyone loved them! Also added a sprinkle of brown sugar over the bacon for extra yum. Just used plain bacon. Rather than broiling, bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes to take out some of the bite of the peppers.
Here in Texas it seems every store has the jalapeno bacon. If you cannot find it at your local grocer you can purchase the bacon online
I made these not too long ago only didn't use jalapeno bacon (I've never seen this) and mixed Harry and David's Pepper and Onion Relish with the cream cheese....The little bit of *sweet* is GREAT with the spice!! ;o)
OK, rule of thumb, the smaller the Jalapeno, the hotter it is. Use gloves to seed the peppers, else you get the oils on your hands and hurt for some time. I cut strips of bacon in half before wrapping. I sprinkled onion and garlic powder and dried cilantro over the cream cheese before wrapping. Did this in a toaster over on broil.
Super yummy and easy. For a lil' smoked flavor just broil them till bacon is getting cooked n then throw them on the gril for the last 5-8 minutes. It gives them a savory grilled flavor and is especially easy when you are already grilling anyway. Also, they freeze well so you can prepare to thrill guests ahead of time. Just prepare as instructed toothpick n all and freeze them instead of cooking them. Thaw and cook when you want.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 141
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