These taste great, but take WAY too long to make. The prep time estimate is a lie. It doesn't take 45 mins, more like 2-3 hrs to halve, seed, mix, stuff, and hand-dredge a batch of poppers three times. If you compare making your own poppers to buying factory-made, the reward-to-work ratio is rather lousy. Granted, that isn't a criticism of this recipe, but of making homemade poppers in general; (it's still a helpful observation for those thinking about making this.) Of course the upside is, you can add bacon or use another cheese, or make whatever other tweak you want. My point is, I started making these, thinking I would be done in 45 minutes, and I ended up having to spend more than 2 hours. So be warned: don't start this recipe unless you have 2-3 hours to spend. Also, the 36 poppers I made only took about half the cheese filling that this recipe says goes in 32 poppers. I froze the other half and I'll use it the next time I make them (if I ever do.) Honestly unless your time is only worth about $3 or $4 per hour, it's cheaper, easier, and equally yummy just to buy them at Costco. As far as taste, bacon always adds flavor. It is definitely a departure from the "original" flavor I was going for, however. Also the peppers were very firm. I think I'll try baking them for a long time at a low temp, to see if this softens them up a bit. I didn't want to blanch them as it would make them too soft to work with, plus it would have added even MORE time to the prep process.
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These taste great, but take WAY too long to make. The prep time estimate is a lie. It doesn't...