Monday, April 20, 2009
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!!!