Jalapeño poppers are a much-loved appetizer.
They’re easy to assemble. You make a cream cheese mixture, stuff the peppers, wrap them in bacon, and bake. They only seem more complicated and special.
They’re also versatile. You can use many different ingredients to add your own personal touch to your poppers. Goat cheese, anyone?
Jalapeño poppers are a crowd pleaser. The creamy cheesy mixture cools off the heat of the peppers, which means even heat-phobic eaters might be tempted by their delicious allure.
What makes this the ultimate?
Not just any jalapeño popper recipe will do when you’re entertaining your friends and family or creating a snack for an office party. You need to know your poppers will knock everyone’s socks off.
That’s why we polled the eMeals team to find the most common ingredients—and a few unique twists people have tried—to create the ultimate jalapeño popper. We tested several options before settling on this one.
What we loved most (besides all the taste testing we got to do), however, was the addition of an unique dipping sauce, one made with spicy-sweet pepper jelly and tangy whole-grain mustard. Poppers don’t typically have a dipping sauce—they’re kind of the perfect bite on their own—but we really think you’ll understand why we added this dipping sauce once you try it. It elevates the humble jalapeño popper to a one-of-a-kind appetizer you’d be proud to serve anywhere.
The Ultimate Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
1 (8-oz) block cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tsp garlic powder
12 jalapeño peppers
1 (12-oz) pkg sliced bacon, halved
1 (10-oz) jar pepper jelly
2 Tbsp whole-grain mustard
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Beat cream cheese, Cheddar, green onions, and garlic powder at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
- Cut peppers in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds and membranes. Stuff with cream cheese mixture. Wrap each pepper with 1 slice bacon. Place peppers on a lightly greased rack on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Stir together pepper jelly and mustard. Serve poppers with pepper jelly mixture.
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