As part of the North Carolina Pork Council blogging network we’ve been asked to create various meals utilizing pork. Each month is a different challenge. Last month we were asked to put together a pork entree in 30 minutes. I went with Pork Fried Rice, which has now become a family favorite.
This month we’ve moved on to bacon, and as we all know, EVERYTHING IS BETTER WITH BACON!! For this challenge I wanted to share the perfect party pleaser, Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos. I’ve used this recipe from Inspired Taste for a few years now but tweaked it here and there to suit our taste buds.
It’s really simple. Decide if you want to grill them or use the oven. grab your cream cheese, bacon and flavorings of choice. I stuck with the chives from the original recipe and added minced garlic. This recipe also doubles and triples up easily if you have a large crowd.
I also like spicy food, so I do keep some of the pepper seeds and mix them in with the cream cheese. This is optional depending on how spicy you want them.
With Father’s Day TODAY,Fourth of July right around the corner, and BBQ season in full swing, these are perfect for a crowd.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
6 jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
4 oz cream cheese, softened (this can be done in the microwave for 20 seconds or let the cream cheese sit on the counter for 30 minutes)
2 Tablespoons chives, chopped finely
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 slices BACON, cut in half
24 wooden toothpicks
1 sandwich bag
To prevent toothpicks from burning, place them in water for 30 minutes before using
Slice each pepper in half lengthwise and remove seeds and white membrane (The majority of the heat in peppers comes from the seeds and membrane).
In a small bowl add the cream cheese, chives and garlic and mix together.
Now to fill each pepper with the cream cheese mixture. Here you can do one of two things. Either use a spoon to fill each pepper, or place the cream cheese mixture in the sandwich bag, snip off a corner of the bag and pipe the mixture into each pepper.
Wrap each pepper with a slice of bacon being sure to wrap it from tip to tip and secure each end with a toothpick.
Heat oven to 375 degrees
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parch,end paper
Arrange stuffed peppers on the baking sheet, filling side up
Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until bacon is crispy and paper is tender
Heat grill to medium – high heat.
Arrange your peppers on a grill basket, slotted grilling pan or aluminum foil directly on the grill. You don’t want your peppers to fall through the grates.
Arrange stuffed and wrapped peppers, filling side up and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy and the peppers are tender.
Occasionally peppers will char. If this happens, move them to a cooler section of the grill.
EAT EAT EAT, these babies will be devoured quickly, they are that good!