Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Jalepeno poppers

These look great for snacking for New Year's Eve.

or this variation from her cookbook:

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers
from the Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook, pg. 14

18 fresh jalapenos
one 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 green onion, sliced
18 slices thin bacon, cut into halves
Bottled BBQ sauce
rubber gloves or plastic bags for working with the jalapenos

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Cut jalapenos in half legthwise, wish a spoon scrape out the seeds and membranes. If you want some heat, leave some seeds or membranes. Don't touch with your hands and then to your eyes after handling the peppers.

In a bowl, comine the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and chopped green onion. Mix the ingredients together gently.

Stuff each hollowed jaapeno half with the cheese mixture.

Wrap bacon slices around each half, covering as much of the surface as you can. Be careful not to stretch the bacon too tightly around the jalapeno, b/c it will contract.

Brush the surface of the bacon with your favorite BBQ sauce. Chutney or apricot jelly works well, also.

Secure the jalapenos with toothpicks and pop them in the oven for 1 hour, or until the bacon is sizzling.

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