Good Tuesday Morning!
With Superbowl XLVI fresh in my mind, I have a confession to make. I am not a huge football fan. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the idea of being a football fan but sitting down and watching a game from start to finish is just something I haven’t gotten the hang of yet.
But I am a huge fan of game day snacks! One of my all time favorite things to eat, football game or any other day of the year, is jalapeno poppers. Oh, even thinking about the tasty little bites makes my mouth water! Unfortunately for popper lovers everywhere, these dudes are a pain in the neck and time consuming to make. Here’s a quick tip to help get you from a pile of whole jalapenos, blocks of cream cheese, and raw bacon to the pure bliss of a perfectly prepared popper in record time.
Quick Tip #2: Use a grapefruit spoon to remove the seeds and ribs from jalapenos when preparing poppers.
Did you know that all the heat of a jalapeno resides solely in the seeds and ribs? So remove all of these parts and, presto, you have a jalapeno that even kids and adults with touchy taste buds can enjoy in mass quantities.
Back away from the paring knife! The grapefruit spoon is the perfect tool for scraping out as little or as much of the seeds and ribs in order to make jalapeno poppers of your desired heat level.
2 8oz. blocks of cream cheese
24 slices bacon (halved crosswise)
Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise. USE A GRAPEFRUIT SPOON to remove the seeds and ribs. Stuff each jalapeno half with cream cheese. Wrap halved slice of bacon around the jalapeno and secure with a toothpick.
Place on a broiler pan or rack inside a rimmed cookie sheet. Bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour or until bacon is crisp.