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Cheese, Bacon and Jalapenos

“People want honest, flavourful food, not some show-off meal that takes days to prepare.” — Ted Allen

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If you know me . . .

If you’re reading this blog and you don’t know me . . . .

You may start to get the idea that I like food. I like to cook. I like to feed people.

This is a red-letter day for my staff at work tonight! One of our nurses, Miss Amy, had gotten hurt about a week after I had surgery in March and is just now able to return to work. As with every celebration, there has to be food! And it just so happens that since it is Amy’s return to work, she got to pick the food.

You cannot go wrong with jalapenos. Stuffed with a mix of cheeses and spices and wrapped in bacon. And then baked to crisp and gooey perfection.

Cheese Stuffed, Bacon-wrapped Jalapenos

  • Servings: 32
  • Difficulty: easy, but lengthy
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Ingredients

  • 16 medium sized fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 T. smoked paprika
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 2 lbs. bacon

Directions

Combine the softened cream cheese, grated cheddar cheese, paprika and garlic powder, stirring until well blended. Set aside. Wash the jalapeno peppers. Wearing gloves, cut the top off each pepper, removing the stem. Slice each pepper in half lengthwise and using a spoon, scoop out the ribs and seeds. Remove your gloves and wash your hands. Preheat your oven to 425. Scoop a bit of the cheese mixture into each jalapeno, spreading to fill each half **. Taking a slice of bacon, wrap the jalapeno in a spiral, starting with the end of the bacon at the top of the pepper on the skin. (See video below) Place in rows on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 425. Turn oven down to 400 and bake an additional 30 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Line a 13 x 9 pan with paper towels and stack the jalapenos to serve or transport.

** If you have a cake decorating tool, such as the one pictured below . . . you can easily pipe the cheese into the jalapenos rather than spreading it on with a knife. Or, you can just use a knife.

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This little baby is the Wilton Dessert Decorator Plus Cake Decorating Tool which you can find here on Amazon for $7.99 as an add-on to any Prime order. I can’t recall actually decorating any cakes (maybe cupcakes) but using it to make the filling for deviled eggs, or filling my jalapenos . . . definitely.

I’m sure it works great for decorating cakes too.

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