Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers – Perfect for Parties – Make these. For real.

So, entertaining people is something I really enjoy doing, and while my top-notch personality, way with words and charm are usually entertaining enough, sometimes I need a little backup ;-)

For real, though, we had some friends over last night and I wanted to make something with a little flair, that was still relatively quick and easy. There are something like 484,334,565,632,457 recipes out there for Jalapeño poppers, but these did the trick and worked so well, I’d thought I’d share.

You’ll need:
• An 8 oz package of cream cheese
• One cup of shredded or grated cheddar cheese (I like sharp cheddar)
• 12 Jalapeño peppers
• Two pounds of bacon

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Ingredients

In a mixing bowl (I use a large one so I don’t slop stuff all over the counter and get myself in trouble with my wife), combine the cream cheese and cheddar and blend.

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Mixture
Next you’ll want to prep your peppers (say that a few times). Cut the top off the pepper, then slice in half longways. Technically you could leave the pepper whole and just hollow out from the top, but halving them gives you twice as many poppers. You’ll want to de-vein and remove the seeds from the peppers. The seeds and veins are where the heat comes from, so if you’re not into spicy, make sure to get them ALL out of there. If you’re looking for a little heat, you can toss some of the seeds into your cheese mixture.

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Pepper Prep
Now that you’re peppers are ready, use a spoon or butter knife to fill the peppers with your well-blended cheese mixture. Don’t be afraid to use your fingers – it helps.

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Pepper Prep 2
Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Pepper Prep 3
Now, it’s time to get down to business. Using a single strip of bacon, wrap the pepper, making sure to cover all sides of the pepper and closing in the cheese filling. You don’t necessarily have to use a toothpick, but I find it handy for keeping the poppers put together. Note – if you’re going to use toothpicks, soak them in water for an hour or so, that way they don’t burn in the oven ;-)

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Wrapping the Peppers
Arrange your poppers on a baking sheet and place in the oven, pre-heated to 400ºF.

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Baking the Peppers
After twenty minutes, your poppers should be ready. Just be sure the bacon is crispy, if you’re into crispy bacon.

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers_Finished Poppers
This batch made 24 poppers and seemed to be just enough for a crowd of 8, but you can easily adjust the ingredients to match your crowd. Altogether, this recipe is fairly simple and seems to be a big hit at gatherings.

Ohio Pork Jalapeno Poppers
Until next time,
Q

 

About Quinton

Hi! I’m Quinton, director of communications for the Ohio Pork Council….probably better known as the voice of the Ohio Hog Farmers Facebook page. I’m way into Pigs, Cows, Cameras and Food!


2 thoughts on “Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers – Perfect for Parties – Make these. For real.

  1. hi Quinton, happy new year it me ray secrest. the winner of your win a six month supply of bacon. i love this recipe you have for poppers i started out whith the same one . i have now started making them a little more complexed my recipe now starts with this simply one but i add a pound of ground hot Italian sausage and some garlic powder and some fajita seasoning to the mix and after wrapping them sprinkle a little sweet and smoky spice on top then put them in the smoker for an hour and a half man are they delish!!!!

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