Monday, April 20, 2009

Jalapeno Appetizers

I've been big-time craving Jalapeno Poppers, but they're a little pricey and a lot fattening. I came up with my own that really were fantastic, super easy and a lot healthier than breaded, fried poppers! I was worried they'd be too spicy, but they were perfect! The total cost was about $2.75 for 20 appetizers.

10 jalapeno peppers
8 oz cream cheese (I use reduced fat)
1/2 c. real bacon bits
1/2 c. shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)

Slice each pepper in half and remove the stems, seeds and membranes. A vegetable peeler works great and you barely have to touch the insides with your hands. Drop the peppers into a pot of boiling water and boil for 2-3 minutes. Drain and run cold water over them to stop them from cooking. Mix together cream cheese, bacon and cheese. Fill each pepper half with the mixture. I made mine ahead of time, so I covered them with plastic wrap and refrigerated until I was ready to cook them. Preheat the oven to 350. Bake uncovered for 10-20 minutes or until filling is nice and warm. Enjoy!!!


Julie said...

OMG..I LOVE these...I make them whenever we have friends over. Sometimes I wrap turkey bacon around them...Julie

My open roads said...

wow, very lovely recipe! thanks!

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Great idea!!Thanks for the recipe and linking up to TMTT.

Woman Interrupted said...

Yum. There are endless variations on the wonderful little filling holder that is a jalapeno. Take a look at my Butt Burner recipe...same ingredients, different method, but you might like it.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I'll bring the Margaritas if you bring the poppers! I'm definitely making this for girls night. Thanks for showing such great detailed instructions.

Sweet wishes,

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

P.S. I'll make that virgin! ;D

Sweet wishes,

Sherry said...

Wow, this sounds scrumptious! It is only 8 am in the morning, too. LOL! :D

Have a great Tuesday!

Stephanie said...

I love jalapeno poppers! Another way to do these is to dip the creamy end in bread crumbs before you bake them, gives it that breaded look and feel without adding a ton of calories.

Mmm, I wish I had jalapenos and no morning sickness right now - I'd be all over those!!

Pami said...

I am sooo making these sounds great a little different from ones I have made and I love mixing things up so next time I am trying these out, thansk

HeatherMama said...

YUM! I usually just cut and seed the jalapenos, spread on the cream cheese then wrap in bacon and put them on the grill. Your variation sounds really tastey so I'm gonna try it next time. Thanks for sharing!

Raggedy Girl said...

I made these last 4th of July and we cooked them on the grill and my guest just gobbled them up. I really like your recipe better than mine so that you for sharing it.

Have a Terrific Tuesday
I love coming to visit you
Roberta Anne a.k.a. The Raggedy Girl

Kimmie said...

Looks delicious! I'll have to try making those for appetizers this summer!

Anonymous said...

I love jalapeno poppers also! They are so tasty!

Brenda said...

Can't wait to try these out on my family, we love, love jalepenos.

Pam said...

I love jalapeno. These sound so good!

LaShawn Lytle said...

You are officially the best of the best!
I forgot where I was for a second (in the library) and burst into a happy and loud YIPPEE!
Thansk bunches!

Archana said...

Hi! Thanks for visiting :) I'm glad you liked it! I must say those jalapeno poppers you made look delectable; I'm vegetarian so I might try them sans the meat.