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Football season is here and I’m getting my Game Day menus ready by making sure all my recipes are lined up and ready to go. I made these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers again just for fun and wanted to share it with you. These jalapeno poppers make the perfect Game Day food!
My husband and I are following the Keto diet and have been since late October 2018. We’ve seen some incredible changes in our health and we’re totally sold on this lifestyle. But, sometimes this lifestyle leads to heartburn – which as I’m sure you know, is a total bummer.
Whether I’m prepping food for a tailgate party or getting some stadium food at the game, I have a passion for food. It’s a major part of my life and I’m not afraid to admit it.
But I’m often not able to enjoy spicy foods because of my frequent heartburn. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Nexium® 24HR to encourage people to fight frequent heartburn and join in all of life’s moments – no matter what happens to be on the menu.
I just love the flavor of these Jalapeno Poppers. Every single bite is loaded with spicy, cheesy, smoky flavor that is absolutely amazing! For real, y’all. If you love all things spicy, cheesy and smoky, you’ll love these.
The combination of the spiciness from the jalapeno, the smokiness from the bacon, the cheesiness from the cheese and the creaminess from the cream cheese make these little Jalapeno Poppers the perfect Game Day appetizer!
The flavors coming together in your mouth are pretty extraordinary! But don’t take my word for it, try them for yourself.
Ingredients for Jalapeno Poppers
What I love about this Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers recipe is that the ingredients are pretty minimal. I’m definitely not one who likes to make long, complicated recipes. I’m more of simple recipe kind of girl. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- large jalapeno peppers, preferably about 3″ – 4″ long
- cream cheese
- shredded cheddar cheese
- garlic salt
- black pepper
- onion powder
If you don’t have garlic salt on hand, you can use garlic powder and salt instead.
If you suffer with frequent heartburn when enjoying your favorite spicy foods, I also recommend Nexium® 24HR Clear Minis to block acid at the source, turning your body’s acid pumps from on to off.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
To make these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers, start by preheating your oven to 400 F. Line a large sheet pan with foil and then set aside for use later on.
Using a sharp knife, cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the membranes and seeds. To remove the membranes and seeds, use a spoon and scrape the insides of the pepper.
When cooking with jalapenos, especially when removing the membranes and seeds, cover your hands with cooking gloves. If you don’t have cooking gloves, put your hand in a plastic bag. The goal is to protect your hands from the jalapeno juice so that you don’t accidentally transfer it to your eyes – OUCH!
Then in a medium-sized bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic salt, pepper and onion powder until well combined. Using a butter knife, fork or spoon, spread some of the cream cheese mixture into each jalapeno. Make the cream cheese level with the sides of the jalapeno. If you overfill the cream cheese will overflow out of the jalapenos.
Next, wrap each stuffed jalapeno with a half slice of bacon. If needed, secure each bacon slice to the jalapeno with a toothpick.
Put the bacon wrapped jalapenos on the lined sheet pan and place in the oven. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
Serve immediately or store leftovers in an airtight container for a couple of days.
If you’re like me and get frequent heartburn when you eat spicy foods, or have heartburn at least two days per week, I highly suggest Nexium® 24HR Clear Minis. It is the #1 choice of Doctors for their own frequent heartburn.ii Just one Nexium® 24HR Clear Minis each dayi blocks acid at the source, turning your body’s acid pumps from on to off so you can still enjoy your favorite foods.
Nexium® 24HR Clear Minis stops acid before it starts for all-day, all-night protection from frequent heartburn to help you sleep comfortably through the night by reducing interruptions due to frequent heartburn. i
Best Practices for Making Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Buy jalapenos that are between 3″ – 4″ long and have a little more width to them. Since you will be stuffing the jalapenos, you want to have enough of a cavity to fill in with cream cheese. The fatter ones always work better for me than the skinny ones.
Make sure you remove all of the membranes and seeds so that you get a mild spicy flavor. I find the best way to remove the membranes and seeds is to wear cooking gloves and then use a spoon to scrape the insides of the pepper. When you remove all of the membranes and seeds you’re left with the jalapeno flavor without all the spiciness.
When making jalapeno poppers, I like to use regular sliced bacon. The one time I used thick sliced bacon, it took longer to cook and the bacon never really crisped up the way I like it. If all you have is the thick slices, try finishing it up under the broiler for a few minutes to see if you can achieve the crispiness.
If you need to prepare these in advance to save time on Game Day, you can. Just prepare them according to the directions, then cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to two days. When ready to make, put them in the oven and add about five minutes to the cook time.
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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Popper Recipe
- 12 large jalapeno peppers, about 3" - 4", halved lengthwise with membranes and seeds removied
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 12 slices bacon, cut in half (thick sliced bacon will take longer to cook)
- Preheat your oven to 400 F. Line a sheet pan with foil and set aside.
- Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the membranes and seeds by using a spoon to scrape the insides of the pepper.
- In a medium-sized bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheese, garlic salt, pepper and onion powder until well combined. Then using a butter knife, fork or spoon, spread some of the cream cheese mixture into each jalapeno half. Make the cream cheese level with the sides of the jalapeno, don't overfill.
- Next, tightly wrap each stuffed jalapeno with a half slice of bacon. If needed, secure with a toothpick.
- Put the bacon wrapped jalapenos on the lined sheet pan and place in the oven. Cook for 20 - 25 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
- Serve immediately or store leftovers in an airtight container for a couple of days.
Leave the stems on the jalapenos if you can. It makes it easier to pick up the jalapenos.
When all the membranes and seeds are removed from the jalapeno the spiciness is minimal. You get more of the jalapeno flavor than the spiciness.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 17.7gSaturated Fat: 8.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 554mgCarbohydrates: 1.8gNet Carbohydrates: 1.4gFiber: .4gSugar: .6gProtein: 11g
i Use as directed. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect.
ii Among PCP’s and Pharmacists who use a branded OTC PPI.
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