Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Servings: 24

Ingredients

  • 12 fresh jalapeño peppers, halved and seeded
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 24 toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and center membrane using a spoon and a scraping motion. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything else (especially your eyes!).
  3. Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and paprika together until combined. Spoon filling equally among all 24 jalapeño halves.
  4. Wrap each stuffed jalapeño with a half slice of bacon and stick a toothpick through the center to assure the bacon stays in place.
  5. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the bacon is crisp to your liking. Consider turning the oven on broil for the last minute or two to finish. Serve immediately.

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Jalapeño Popper Cups

Makes 30 Mini Phyllo Cups

Ingredients

  • 3 fresh jalapeño peppers, 2 finely diced and 1 cut into slices (add or remove seeds for spice preference)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature and cubed 
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar  cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 slices cooked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 30 mini phyllo shells

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Dice 2 jalapeños (add or remove seeds for spice level). Thinly slice 1 jalapeño for garnish.
  3. Using a mixer, beat cream cheese, cheeses, garlic, and paprika together until well combined. 
  4. Spoon filling equally among phyllo cups.
  5. Sprinkle tops with bacon and a jalapeño slice. 
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes. 
  7. Serve immediately or reheat just before serving. 

Thanks to the original recipe found here.

Bacon and Butternut Squash Pasta

Ingredients

  • 3 cups peeled butternut squash, cubed into 1 inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 6 strips of turkey or regular bacon
  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 8oz pasta, any type
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups reduced-fat milk
  • 3/4 cup provolone, shredded
  • 1/3 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese

Instructions

Squash, Bacon, & Onions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Prepare two oven safe cooking trays with foil. 
  3. Spray one pan with cooking spray and spread cubed butternut squash evenly over pan. Top with garlic powder, rosemary, salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Meanwhile, place bacon onto the second prepared pan and set a second timer for 10 minutes. 
  6. After 10 minutes check the bacon. Continue cooking bacon in 5 minute increments until bacon is brown and crisp, but not burnt. 
  7. Allow bacon to cool on paper towels and then crumble.
  8. While bacon cools, spray a medium sized pan with cooking spray (or coat pan with bacon grease) and cook onions on medium low until translucent.
Pasta & Sauce
  1. When squash is browned and done baking, increase oven temperature to 450F.
  2. Cook pasta according to directions until al dente, drain.  
  3. Meanwhile combine flour and a pinch of salt in a dutch oven, over medium high heat. 
  4. Slowly add milk while constantly whisking. Continue stirring until sauce comes to a low boil, cooking an additional minute until slightly thickened. 
  5. Remove sauce from heat and stir in provolone cheese until melted. 
  6. Add cooked squash, bacon, and onions to pasta and sauce mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan and bake for 10 minutes. 

Thanks to Cooking Light Comfort Food  for the original recipe! (p. 212)

Fall Chicken Dinner

Makes 5 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme, sage, and rosemary, minced
  • 5 bone-in, skin on chicken thighs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into 3/4″ cubes (skin on)
  • 1 lb Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 medium fuji apples, cored and sliced into 3/4″ pieces
  • 2 shallot bulbs, peeled and sliced 1/4″ thick
  • 4 slices hickory smoked bacon, chopped 1″ pieces
  • Garnish with 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 
  2. Pour 2 Tbsp olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and herbs into a gallon size resealable bag. 
  3. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper then seal bag and massage mixture over chicken while working to evenly distribute herbs. Set aside and let rest while chopping veggies.
  4. Place sweet potato, brussels sprouts, apples and shallot on a rimmed extra large baking sheet. 
  5. Drizzle with remaining 2 Tbsp olive oil then toss to evenly coat, season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread into an even layer.
  6. Set chicken thighs over veggie/apple layer.
  7. Sprinkle bacon on top. 
  8. Roast in preheated oven until chicken and veggies are golden brown, about 30 – 35 minutes (chicken should reach 165 degree F). Option: Broil during last few minutes for a more golden brown crispy skin.
  9. Garnish with parsley if desired and serve warm.

Thanks to the original recipe found here.

The Story Behind the Recipe

I became enlightened about one pan meals with this recipe. I had tried several one pan meals before, but none had compared to this one. This is literally fall on a plate.

Not only was it simple to cut everything up, but it’s all on one pan (which makes for easy clean up) and quick! Exactly what you need when the kids are heading back to school and new activities are starting to take up any time you may have had to prep for dinner.

The start of every fall, I kick things off with this meal. Enjoy and let me know what you think!