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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Pops' Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Jalapenos (Jalapeno Poppers)

Jalapenos stuffed with gooey cheese and plenty of bacon make for the perfect part spicy part cream all delicious appetizer. We have them almost every week during the summer!

taking stuffed jalapenos off grill


    These cheese and bacon stuffed jalapenos are the perfect appetizer or snack. We love them for game day.  They are also a great starter for any meal.  We all plant giant jalapeno plants just to keep the supply plentiful and our family makes them almost every week during pepper season.  They are super delicious and you can adjust the flavors in the filling a million ways to keep them interesting!


   We loved stuffed jalapenos!  It all started when I lived in Springfield.

    My neighbors, Ben and Rodney, had the most beautiful backyard full of flowers and vegetables all grown in pots.  You should have seen it!  (I will have to ask Rodney for a picture so I can prove it.)

    They grew vegetables that won ribbons in the state fair and then turned those vegetables into BBQ sauce that also won ribbons at the fair!  They helped me start and take care of my container garden too.  Mine was not nearly as large (or as pretty), but I had more tomatoes, pepper and jalapenos than I could eat!

stuffing jalapenos with cream cheese, cheese and bacon mixture


    Each summer, I hosted a BBQ for my extended family.  It worked great because Springfield was an handy spot for family to come from Bloomington, St. Louis and Quincy.  Ben and Rodney cohosted the event, rolling over their grills and helping get everything together.  They were my guardian angels and the best neighbors a single girl in her first house could have asked for.

    So, as one of my dishes one year, I decided to put my jalapenos to use.  I stuffed them with cheese and wrapped them in bacon and cooked them on the grill.

    I am not sure where I got the idea, as it seems like they weren't so popular at the time... but they were a hit.  I made dozens of pepper and they were promptly devoured.  Ever since, we have had grilled stuffed peppers in one form or another every summer.

stirring cream cheese mixture for stuffing jalapenos



    My dad loves to make stuffed jalapenos too.  We have them almost every week for family dinners when they are in season.

     He has a huge garden at the farm, so he was a plethora of chili peppers.  He makes them into hot sauce, dehydrates them for use during the winter and makes his own red pepper flakes.  He has a huge dehydrator, and you can really tell when he is doing his hot peppers!


    Anyway, he makes his peppers a little different than we do ours.  We tend to go heavy on cream cheese with some grated cheese mixed in.  Pops prefers to do his mostly hard cheese with just enough cream cheese to hold it together (and sometimes he does all hard cheese!)

   He has even cleaned some out and stuck them in the freezer to stuff later.  It works better than you'd think.  

taking stuffed jalapenos off the grill


   Last time he gave it a go, one of my sisters ate at least a dozen of them, but I won't tell you which one!!  I freeze jalapenos every year too.  

   I freeze them whole and slice them right out of the freezer for chili and casseroles etc. during the winter.  I have never used frozen jalapenos like this, but I may have to!

For another fabulous stuffed jalapeno recipe, check out my jalapenos with shrimp and bacon!


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appetizer
American
Yield: 24 Servings
Author: Cooking With Carlee
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Pops' Stuffed Jalapenos (Grilled Jalapeno Poppers)

Pops' Stuffed Jalapenos (Grilled Jalapeno Poppers)

These cheese and bacon stuffed jalapenos are the perfect appetizer or snack. We love them for game day. They are also a great starter for any meal. We all plant giant jalapeno plants just to keep the supply plentiful and our family makes them almost every week during pepper season. They are super delicious and you can adjust the flavors in the filling a million ways to keep them interesting!
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 30 M

Ingredients:

  • 24 jalapenos
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • dash of garlic salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled crispy bacon

Instructions:

  1. Mix together cream cheese, cheddar and garlic salt (and bacon if you're using it)
  2. Cut jalapenos in half length wise. If you want to enjoy them, remove as many seeds as you can find. If you are a bit more sporting, leave some in. Pops cleaned these out pretty good because they were for a mixed crowd. Usually Matt and pops both like to leave a few. Sometimes they leave too many and sweat and cry as they tell us how much they love the heat. It is like playing a game a roulette when you leave those two to make peppers!
  3. Stuff peppers with filling.
  4. We normally cook them on the grill. Just grill over medium heat until the cheese is melted and the jalapenos are softened, usually about 10 minutes. They can also be baked on a cookie sheet in the oven. Bake them at 375 F until the cheese is melty and the pepper is cooked, usually 10-15 minutes.
Calories
62.70
Fat (grams)
5.12
Sat. Fat (grams)
2.85
Carbs (grams)
1.48
Fiber (grams)
0.39
Net carbs
1.09
Sugar (grams)
0.80
Protein (grams)
2.86
Sodium (milligrams)
99.25
Cholesterol (grams)
14.95
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A bonus mouthwatering picture:  

   My dad is excellent at making deer sausage.  He starts with the whole animal and does his own butchering.

    He makes THE BEST grilled marinated loins in a bul kogi marinade, I am sure he will share that recipe when summer rolls around.  He grinds most everything else.

   Some of that ground meat is turned into really good summer sausage.  He also made some into Italian sausage.  

    Here is a picture of some meatballs he made using his homemade venison Italian sausage:



Don't tell him I said this, but he is a pretty talented guy!

Jalapenos stuffed with gooey cheese and plenty of bacon make for the perfect part spicy part cream all delicious appetizer. We have them almost every week during the summer!

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