Do you like Jalapeño poppers but are not fond of the breading surrounding the outside? Do you like the gooey cheesy deliciousness you get after one bite? If you are anything like I am you want the star ingredients of your dish to shine, in this case the Jalapeño peppers and the cheese!
I love cheese 🙂 and spicy foods so these poppers fit the bill perfectly!
In case you didn’t know, it’s FOOTBALL SEASON!! And this is the perfect recipe to welcome in fall football tailgating and to round out the end of summer BBQ’s!
As you all know by now, I’m a huge Pinterest fan and this recipe was based on a recipe I found for ranch grilled Jalapeño poppers.
Here’s what you’ll need to make eight Jalapeno Poppers:
8 Fresh Jalapeno Peppers
3-4 oz. Cream cheese or another soft cheese spread
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning
½ – 1 cup of shredded cheese – I used a plain cheddar and a cheddar flavored with cilantro and Jalapeno
2 pieces of Bacon
And here’s how to make them:
Begin by washing the Jalapeno’s and cutting off the stem and a small portion from the bottom. Once you cut the stem you should be able to use a small knife to remove as many of the seeds and veins as possible. If you like your food extra spicy you can save some of the seeds for the filling.
Next heat up the bacon till it’s crispy. Once cooled cut it up into small pieces.
Now comes the fun part of putting together the filling and assembling the poppers! In a small bowl mix together the cream cheese, garlic powder, lemon pepper seasoning, bacon bits, and of course the shredded cheese until you have a creamy smooth texture.
If you are well versed in using a pastry bag now would be the time to make use of it! I of course am still in practice mode so I did it the old fashioned way with a spoon and spreading knife. Either way the goal is to pack in as much of the filling as your Jalapeno can hold.
Once they are all filled you can cook them either on your stove top in a cast iron or grilling pan or alternatively you can grill them. Either way these are sure to be a flavorful addition to your next gathering.