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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
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5 from 4 votes

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are stuffed with light cream cheese and smoked cheddar for a smoky flavor, and are a little healthier than traditional fried jalapeno poppers.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 10 slices of bacon I use low sodium
  • 10 medium-large jalapeno peppers
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese grated
  • ounce One package Neufchatel or light cream cheese 8

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400°F. Lay bacon in a single layer on a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Cook in oven until bacon is just beginning to shrink but still very pliable, about 5 minutes. Cool on wire rack and cut in half lengthwise (so that each slice gives you two long, narrow strips of bacon). Set aside.
  • Wearing latex or nitrile gloves, cut jalapenos in halve lengthwise without removing stem (try to cut the stem in halve so that each piece has a bit of stem attached). Scrape seeds and ribs out of each half with a spoon.
  • In a small bowl, mix together cheddar and Neufchatel or light cream cheese. Set aside.
  • Using a small spoon, fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. You will use anywhere from 1 teaspoon to 1 Tablespoon of cheese for each half depending on how large your peppers are. Wrap each stuffed jalapeno pepper half with a half strip of bacon, tucking the ends under so they don't unravel (or use a toothpick to hold bacon in place).
  • Set the stuffed, wrapped jalapenos on a wire rack placed inside a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until bacon is fully cooked and cheese is melted and beginning to brown, 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

Jalapeno poppers can be prepared ahead of time, then refrigerated or frozen until ready to use. To freeze: place stuffed, wrapped jalapenos in a single on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. When completely frozen, transfer to a freezer bag and freeze until ready to cook. Cook from frozen according to recipe, but they may take a couple of extra minutes to cook.