Football season is upon us, and that means finger foods. If you have people coming over to watch or find yourself over a friend’s house because your TV doesn’t work (ahem), these Jalapeno Poppers are truly addictive. I brought some over to my friend Dina’s 30th B-day celebration. Without hyperbole, every single one had been eaten within 5 minutes.
These poppers are what I call a triple threat. With theater people, a triple threat is someone who can act, sing, and dance. A Triple Threat Jalapeno Popper similarly performs in 3 gustatory categories: salty, sweet, and spicy. Move over Barbra Streisand.
Warning these Jalapeno Poppers have an unexplained phenomenon of turning normal humans into ravenous wolves. Use caution when setting them out.
The management recommends that you double the recipe whenever making them.
Get the recipe already: Triple Threat Jalapeno Poppers
We’ll be using a wire rack placed inside a cookie sheet to help crisp up the bacon and catch all the drippings.
Cut 11 pieces of bacon into thirds. I know my picture looks like I cut the bacon strips in half; that’s because I didn’t think to take a picture until I was 1/3 of the way done, so this is a picture of 2/3 of the bacon I used. The strips should be just enough to wrap around the jalapeno.
Now the filling: 3 tablespoons of raspberry preserves (please don’t go cheap on me here) and one 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened overnight on your countertop. (Or just whip everything together in a handy-dandy stand mixer. Nothing like pure brute force to cover up lack of planning)
Add 1/3 cup grated extra sharp cheddar cheese.
Next, prepare your jalapenos. Lop off the stems. They’ll look like little hats.
Cut them in half.
Remove the seeds with a spoon.
Don’t touch any part of your face for the next 48 hours. OK, not specifically that much time, but be careful especially around your eyes. Optional, for sensitive hands, use gloves.
Take a small spoon and fill each jalapeno half with about a teaspoon of the cheese filling.
Then wrap a piece of bacon around the stuffed jalapeno.
Secure with a toothpick or two. Although if you don’t have toothpicks because you forgot to pick them up at the grocery store (awkward cough, cough), make sure to wrap the bacon in such a way that the ends meet on the bottom of the jalapeno. Then place them seam side down when you put the popper on the wire rack to bake.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Then flip the poppers over to crisp up the bacon on the other side. Use a fork and extra carefulness if you don’t have toothpicks securing the bacon wrapped jalapenos.
Bake another 10 minutes until crisp.
Enjoy these Triple Threat Jalapeno Poppers for any football game.