Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos

Ever since I saw this recipe, I've been dreaming of making the little poppers. My husband's graduation party seemed like the perfect opportunity and, let me say, these little wonders were THE thing to eat at the party. Either everyone there was being super nice, or they all absolutely loved these things. Next time I think I'll leave a bit of the stems or seeds in the jalapenos. I wanted them to have a little more kick.

20 whole Fresh Jalapenos, 2-3 Inches In Size
2 cubes Cream Cheese, softened
1 pound Thin(regular) Bacon, Sliced Into Thirds

If you have them, slip on some latex gloves for the pepper prep… Cut jalapenos in half, length-wise. With a spoon, remove the seeds and white membrane (the source of the heat; leave a little if you like things HOT). Smear softened cream cheese into each jalapeno half. Wrap jalapeno with bacon pieces (1/3 slice). Secure by sticking toothpick through the middle. (At this point, you can freeze them, uncooked, in a Ziploc bag for later use).

Bake on a pan with a rack in a 375-degree oven for 20-25 minutes. You don’t want the bacon to shrink so much it starts to the squeeze the jalapeno. If, after 20 minutes, the bacon doesn’t look brown enough, just turn on the broiler for a couple of minutes to finish it off. These are best when the jalapeno still has a bit of bite to it.

Serve immediately, or they’re also great at room temperature.


  1. I JUST MADE THESE FOR 5 DE MAYO!!!!!!!!!!!! the same recipe! how random! we are kindred spirits. they were a huge hit. my team finished ALL of them.

  2. We make these all the time. The only difference is we grill them instead of bake them. I crave these especially when pregnant.

  3. Did you see my post that I just made these to put on burgers but left too many seeds in them?? I just wanted a bit of a kick but apparently just a few seeds was too much. Is was like an inferno.

  4. I'm making them again. This time I cut the bacon in 3rds like you said... before I cut it in half. The bacon took forever to cook when cut in half, so I thought I'd try your method. But my bacon was too short! Some of the bacons didn't wrap all the way around and they look less pretty. Boo. I also only had half a block of cream cheese and that wasn't enough. Next time I'll have a whole one.


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