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. 

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