In my opinion anything with bacon is good. Ok great. Others must agree with me as I made these appetizers over the weekend for my husbands birthday and they were the first to disappear.
I will include a couple versions of these poppers. The first being my favorite. By the way, I do not have exact measurements as I know what ever I don't use, I will use in something else.
1. Thin sliced bacon works the best but regular cut will work as well. DO NOT use thick sliced bacon.
2. You can use any hot pepper of your choosing. Again, bacon makes everything great.
Bacon wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
1 lb Hickory smoked bacon or bacon of your choice. Preferably thin sliced.
Cream Cheese, softened
Jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
Options: Brown Sugar, your favorite BBQ sauce.
Prepare a cookie sheet with raised sides preferably with a sheet of aluminum foil for easy cleaning. Preheat oven at 375 degrees.
Slice bacon strips in thirds or half depending on the size of your peppers. You want the bacon to cover the pepper from one end to the other. After halving and removing the seeds from your peppers, fill with with cream cheese. Starting at one end of the pepper, start wrapping the bacon slice around the pepper, overlapping as you reach the other end. Be sure the bacon is snug around the pepper. Secure with a toothpick.
Line peppers on the cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. Either leave plain or top with a thin layer of brown sugar. Bake in the oven between 20-25 minutes. If you are using BBQ sauce, brush sauce on poppers after about 15 minutes. Bake an additional 5-10 minutes.
Tip: You may want to drain the bacon fat out of the sheet about 1/2 way through to help crisp the bacon.
Remove from oven when bacon reaches your desired crispness. Drain on a rack or a clean cloth. Enjoy.
(Again, I do not have measurements as we just go along until we run out of jalapenos. About a lb will use 1 block of cream cheese. Use your personal taste with this. Add more bacon if you choose or more shredded cheese. Play around with it to find your favorite combination.)
cream cheese, softened
shredded cheese of your choice, (mexican or taco is our recommendation)
Jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Crisp bacon. Once cooled, crumble. In a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, between 1/4 - 1/2 cup shredded cheese and desired amount of cooled, crumbled bacon. Fill the seeded and sliced jalapenos with cheese mixture. Line in a cookie sheet with raised sides side by side, top with remaining shredded cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Top with remaining bacon.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
I promise these will be a hit. Hope you like them!