Post submitted by LM Long
This recipe came from loving the idea of Jalapeno Poppers, more than Jalapeno Poppers themselves. I searched the internet for an easy way to do Jalapeno Poppers without having to heat up a big old vat of oil, and this little beauty of a recipe popped up. I did some needed adjustments to my own personal taste (who doesn't love bacon), and voila! A Pepper Popper that's much more delicious than the greasy things you get at restaurants.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees, line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with Pam.
What you'll need:
1 8oz thing of room temperature cream cheese (sorry not pictured, pop it in the microwave for twenty seconds to get it to room temp quickly *make sure to remove foil first)
3-5 strips of bacon (depending on how much you love bacon) or even easier, 1/4 cup of bacon bits
1/4 cup of your favorite shredded cheese (I use a mozzarella blend)
a couple of stale slices of bread
1/4 cup of powdered parmesan cheese
and some of your favorite seasoning mix (I'm using a garlic bread mix, but italian or taco seasoning will do)
and the best part. . . .
1 plastic tub or bag of multi colored peppers (find them in the produce aisle)
Put the mix to the side and let's make the bread crumbs. I'm going to step on a pedestal for a minute. Please, PLEASE never buy store bread crumbs. They are gross, people. Homemade bread crumbs take seconds, and are so much more delicious. Stepping down now. Throw your stale bread (I use the ends of my bread that no one ever eats) and the parmesan cheese into a blender or food processor and pulse until crumbly. That's it! Easy bread crumbs.
*side note, you can also use corn flakes, ritz crackers, or whatever it is YOU use for bread crumbs
My daughter couldn't resist :) (From Kimi here, check out my adorable niece!)
Awesome, right?! I'm going to have to make these soon! I actually love jalepeno poppers, but the grease can be a bit overwhelming at times. Don't these just look much more appetizing? Thanks sis!
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