My hubby, Eric, is a great cook. One of my favorite things he makes is his jalapeno poppers and I’m going share that recipe with you today!
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Learning to Cook
I remember the first time I tried to make eggs when I was a teenager. We were already dating and I ended up calling him for help. He taught me pretty much everything I know about cooking/baking. He was very patient with me in those early days of marriage when I had no clue how to even get around a kitchen. I burned a lot of meals which meant a lot of eating out!
I went to work full-time last year after being a stay-at-home mom, and I am so thankful that he can cook because now he and the kids get home before I do. He makes dinner most nights during the week and it’s nice to come home and not have to worry about preparing a meal!
He started making jalapeno poppers several years ago and over time has perfected the recipe. We all get excited when he puts a bag of jalapeno peppers in the grocery cart! They’re perfect to enjoy during a game or a movie or a game night with friends!
You start by cutting the peppers in half and using a corer to remove the seeds. Eric uses this one and says he wouldn’t even try to make them without this tool anymore. It cuts the time in half!
For the filling, start by softening your cream cheese or leave it out until it has reached room temperature. Mix the cream cheese, minced garlic, and shredded Colby jack cheese until thoroughly combined. You can mix in some of the seeds or add in a little hot sauce if you like some kick to it, but that’s optional. I’m not a spicy kinda gal so I like mine without!
Next, generously spread the filling in each of the pepper halves.
Tip: Use Precooked Bacon!
Lastly, you’ll wrap them with bacon. We used to buy uncooked bacon and he would have to either cook the bacon for a few minutes first and then wrap them or he’d wrap it uncooked and have to bake them longer. We finally got wise and started purchasing precooked bacon so he didn’t have to worry about it! The precooked bacon is so much easier and you don’t have to worry about the bacon being undercooked or the peppers burning.
Oven or Grill
Once the peppers have been wrapped with bacon, arrange them on a cookie sheet or grill mat. You can choose to bake them or cook them on your grill. If you choose to bake them, set the oven at 350 degrees and let them go for approximately 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the peppers are soft.
Eric usually cooks them on the grill. After the grill is heated he places the jalapeno poppers on and lets them cook for approximately 20 minutes.
Either method you choose will produce some delicious poppers! You will not be disappointed! Serve as a side with pizza or enchiladas or by itself as an appetizer!
- 10 jalapeno peppers cut in half and seeds removed
- 8 oz. cream cheese softened
- 1 cup Colby jack cheese shredded
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 20 slices bacon precooked
After cutting peppers in half and removing seeds, set aside.
Mix softened cream cheese, shredded cheese, and minced garlic in a bowl until thoroughly combined.
Spread filling in each pepper half.
Wrap each pepper with one strip of bacon and place on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 or place on heated grill and cook for 20 minutes until cheese is melted and peppers are soft.
Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you enjoy this recipe, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!