Poppin’ Party Appetizer: Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

In the past, we celebrated Independence Day with decorations and a sweet dessert of red, white and blue. But today we’re feeling the “heat” of excitement with these delicious bacon cheddar jalapeno poppers! Given that jalapeño poppers are one of the most POP-ular snacks in America, is there really a better way to celebrate our Independence Day?! Even more, this firecracker of a recipe from Bronner’s 2nd Edition of Flavorful Favorites will even have those with gluten sensitivities, or observing a keto friendly diet, enjoying the beloved appetizer once again! We’re also highlighting some pepper-picking tips.

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Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers – Revolutionary

While it is more commonplace to find a deep-fried, breaded version on offer, these meat-wrapped peppers are, in fact, much like the “OG” stuffed peppers that go by the name “armadillo eggs.” According to Pitco®, those proto-jalapeño poppers originated in Texas in the early 1970s and were usually wrapped in sausage or bacon.

Interestingly enough, the phrase “jalapeño popper” (as we know them now) went on to be trademarked by Anchor Food Products on April 30, 1992, though it has become common parlance.

For this reason, this broiled version wrapped in bacon is reminiscent of those early stuffed peppers. It’s a pretty revolutionary way to enjoy nature’s gift (peppers), we must say. And without a doubt, requiring a mere 3 ingredients – bacon, cheese and jalapeños – we think you’re going to love them!

Let’s get this recipe poppin‘!

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To Begin – Peter Piper’s Pepper Picking Tips

Try saying that 5 times fast!😂

As the classic Marilyn Monroe film is titled, “Some Like It Hot!” Undoubtedly, if you enjoy jalapeño peppers regularly, you’ve noticed that some are incredibly HOT while others hardly have a hint of heat. It’s a gamble to say the least. So how do you find the perfect pepper for your palate to make these Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers? Here are a few of what we presume would be Peter Piper’s pepper-picking tips[1]:

  • Peppers with white striation marks indicate a stressed or older pepper, both of which will be your pick if you like them hot!
  • A smoother, bright green pepper is young and therefore more mild.
  • Jalapeños turn red as they ripen. Because of their age they may be just the “sweet heat” you’re looking for.
  • Jalapeños contain a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin, concentrated around the peppers seeds and ribs, is in fact what gives the jalapeño its heat. To test a pepper’s heat for a recipe, cut off a small piece at the tip for a taste-test.
  • If you want to increase the pepper’s heat, leave some or all of the seeds.
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Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

Christopher Sutorik
Similar to "armadillo eggs," these firecracker jalapeño poppers are a flavor-filled appetizer stuffed with cheddar cheese and wrapped in umami bacon. "Bring the heat" for your next party or potluck!
Course Appetizer

Ingredients
  

  • 6 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 16 oz. Cheddar Cheese or your choice such as pepperjack, etc.
  • 12 slices Bacon

Instructions
 

Preparation

  • Preheat the broiler.
  • Cut the jalapeños in half and remove the seeds. (Wear rubber gloves to keep the pepper's oils from burning your skin or eyes.)
  • Make 12 slices of cheddar cheese long enough to fit inside the jalapeño halves.
  • Insert the cheese slices into the halves.
  • Wrap the jalapeño halves with bacon slices, securing with a toothpick if necessary.

To Cook

  • Place on a medium baking sheet.
  • Broil 5 – 10 minutes, or until the bacon is evenly brown.

Notes

For more heat, leave the pepper seeds and ribs or alternatively add just a few seeds back in. 
Keyword Bacon, Cheese, Jalepeno, Stuffed Pepper
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Sources:

[1] “Tip: How to Check for the Hotness of Jalapeños” Simply Recipes – www.simplyrecipes.com/tip_how_to_check_for_the_hotness_of_jalapenos

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