Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers
This is not an original low carb recipe idea – apparently people have been doing this for awhile and nobody told me!! I feel so robbed of all the years I could have been eating bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers! This is a case of ignorance NOT being bliss – but I plan to make up for lost time but eating them a LOT from now on!
I have to credit this guy for making me see the light, because when I saw his photo on Foodgawker a few weeks ago I was blown away by the recipe possibilities! I made my own version of course, but will forever be grateful to blogchef for the recipe idea!
My hacks: I baked them instead of grilling them, and added salsa verde and cheddar to the cream cheese for some more flavor. I made these jalapeno poppers for our Superbowl gathering and they were a huge hit!
There are some things I would do differently next time I make them though.
1) use thinner bacon – I had thick cut on hand and it took too long to cook and was chewy.
2) Par cook the bacon in the microwave for about 3 minutes to render out some of the fat and get it started. While it’s still pliable I’d wrap it around the stuffed jalapenos and then bake it and I think it would get much crispier that way.
4) Maybe, just maybe, instead of wrapping them I’d just lay a cut strip of bacon over the top because while I’m shocked to be saying this, sometimes less is more and I discovered that there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, even bacon!
Either way, these bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are SO tasty that I could eat them every day for at least a week (and I might!) before I even got close to being sick of them!
Makes 18 poppers
9 jalapeno peppers
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup salsa verde
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
9 slices bacon cut in half
Cut the jalapenos in half and remove all of the seeds. Combine the cream cheese, salsa verde and shredded cheddar in a small bowl. Once combined, add to a pastry bag or a sturdy 1 quart ziplock bag and cut off one corner so you can squeeze the cheese out of the hole and into the peppers. Fill the peppers with cheese mixture.
Meanwhile, cook the bacon in the microwave or saute pan for a few minutes until it’s starting to brown a little but is still soft and pliable. Cool and then wrap each jalapeno half in one piece of bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Place on a foil lined cookie sheet (with sides) and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15 minutes.
Set the oven to broil and cook for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully to make sure they don’t burn! This gives the peppers a nice roasty flavor and ensures that your bacon will be crisp.
Remove the jalapeno poppers from the oven and cool slightly before eating. Super low carb and soooo delicious!!!!
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