Saturday, June 9, 2012

Jalapeno Poppers with Bacon

Yum
I was watching Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network with my husband recently when I saw something like a jalapeno popper being made.  It was actually called an armadillo egg.  It's like a jalapeno popper meets the sausage covering of a scotch egg because the outside is coated with sausage meat instead of breading.  My husband said he would love to try one, so I said let me make a jalapeno popper first since I have only eaten them and  never made one before.   I found these huge jalapenos at the grocery store and I thought they would be perfect to fill with the popper filling . I knew the filling was cream cheese and cheddar cheese so I added some cumin, garlic and bacon to make it extra tasty.   Everyone enjoyed the filling, but my batch of jalapenos were spicy.  I bit into one when I took the picture and I saw stars.  I was quickly snapping away my pictures so I could run and get some water.  This is a very easy appetizer to make at home so I will never be tempted to buy them at a restaurant.  My next effort will have to be the armadillo eggs.





Ingredients:
6-12 jalapenos
4-5 slices of bacon diced and fried crispy
8oz brick of cream cheese at room temperature
4-6oz of grated cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp of cumin
1/2 tsp of granulated garlic
salt to taste
breadcrumbs for breading
2 eggs beaten with a Tbs of water
flour for dusting
enough canola oil to fry the poppers

Directions:
Wash and clean out the seeds and membrane from the  jalapenos.  I cut off the stem and made a slit down one side so I could clean them out and stuff them easily.   Mix the cream cheese, grated cheddar cheese, cumin powder, garlic powder and cooked bacon.  Stuff the jalapenos.  Bread the stuff jalapenos by first dipping them in flour, then egg and finally in breadcrumbs. If you want them extra coated, dip in egg and breadcrumbs twice.     Note: Make sure you coat the exposed end of the jalapeno well with flour, egg and breadcrumbs so the popper mixture does not come out during frying.



 Fry for a few minutes in 350-375 degree oil until golden brown and drain on a paper towel.  Sprinkle a little salt on the poppers after frying. Serve hot. Enjoy.




Note:   Now that I know the filling stays put after you flour, egg and bread it, I will cut the jalapenos in half and stuff it and bread it because it was hard to eat a gigantic popper.   


For leftover filling: Try Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese:

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26 comments:

  1. These look so good! My husband would love them, because he is all about spice and peppers! Well done!

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  2. Hey Ramona, you should have had a popsicle handy when you bit into the popper, LOL. Those looked so refreshing, I love them. These look fantastic and I know that I could leave out the bacon and they would still be tasty. Hope you are havine a wonderful weekend my friend. It is pouring rain here right now but we need the rain. It is a good time to watch old movies.

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  3. Makes me hungry,super tempting and irresistible..

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  4. These look wonderful for a barbecue my friend, awesome job :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. I love that show. Always makes me hungry though. These look fab. I would pop a batch and wash them down with a second batch.

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  6. I've never seen that show.. it's not on here but I'd love to.

    Your poppers look perfect!

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  7. I would deal with the heartburn to indulge in these. Love your pictures.

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  8. mmm i love poppers so much! these look great! and those armadillo eggs sound amazing.

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  9. Those must be very spicey - I've never had them before. You make it look very easy... love your web site.

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  10. I would eat these all day long. Yum!

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  11. I love jalapeno poppers! Even better with bacon!

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  12. Bacon makes everything perfect. Great recipe, Ramona! :)

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  13. The popper are tempting enough and then you just had to go and add the grilled cheese with poppers! You're killing me!!!! It's been many years since I've made poppers but you've inspired me to change that and now that I've seen you recipe with bacon - Oh MY! Great recipes!

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  14. Nothing makes me smile more than seeing romona #1! yeah! well earned!

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  15. These jalapeno poppers with bacon deserved on top 9 today,Congrats !!! and the leftover even better :)

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  16. Way to start the work week, Congrats on Top 9!

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  17. I absolutely love jalapeno powers, and yours have me totally salivating. Congrats on top 9!

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  18. Congrats on making Top 9, these Jalapeno Poppers look delicious! I made a Jalapeno Popper grilled cheese not to long ago as well and it was delicious. Following your blog now :)

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  19. These look great and congrats on getting the top 9! :) Love the idea for re-using the filling for grilled cheese sandwiches. :)

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  20. hubba hubbaaaaaa dannnnng both of these recipes look soooooooooo amazing! As soon as I saw the poppers on foodbuzz my eyes went 0_0 haha. I imagine these weren't the super spicy peppers like Mexican peppers?! :)

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  21. I have never been a huge fan of jalapeno poppers for some reason. But yours makes it look soooo delicious that I think I need to give it another shot with some excess jalapenos I have at home. Congrats on top 9!!

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  22. yum! I love jalapenos. These look delicious.

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  23. The poppers look and sound delish:) Can't wait to try them. Thanks for the great post! Congratulations on Foodbuzz Top 9!

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  24. I've never heard of "poppers" but these look WONDERFUL!!! Sounds like you made it to top9!! Whoo hoo! I can totally understand why! I want these too!

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  25. Did you know that I just ate? And now, I’m hungry again. Hahaha! If my mom tries to make this recipe, I’ll surely watch her cook and wait ‘til it’s done! :p I wonder how many poppers I’ll eat. Hmmm….. ^^,

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