Thursday, September 9, 2010

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers

(picture from yourhomebasedmom)

We were invited to a friend's surprise birthday party and they wanted us to bring appetizers.  I have been wanting to try these especially because I saw them on Pioneer Woman and Home Based Mom.  I am really not a fan of boughten poppers but everything is better homemade right?  These were awesome!!  They were gone so fast I didn't even get a picture.  They are just slightly hot but the flavor is amazing.  This would be perfect for a tailgate party.

18 fresh jalapenos
1  – 8 oz. package cream cheese
1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1 green onion, sliced
18 slices thin bacon, cut into halves
Bottled BBQ sauce (we prefer Sweet Baby Rays)
rubber gloves

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut peppers in half lengthwise (wear gloves--very important).  Try to keep the stems intact.  They look prettier that way.  With a spoon, scrape out the seeds and light colored membranes.  Remember:  the heat comes from the seeds and the membranes so if you can handle the heat, leave some of them intact.

2.  In a bowl combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and chopped green onion.  Mix together gently.
Stuff the hollowed out pepper half with the cream cheese mixture.  Wrap bacon slices around each half, covering as much of the surface as you can.  Be careful not to stretch the bacon too tightly around the pepper as the bacon will contract as it cooks.  Brush the surface of the bacon with your favorite BBQ sauce.

3.  Secure the jalapenos with toothpicks and pop them in the oven for 1 hour or until the bacon is cooked and sizzling.  Serve hot or at room temperature.
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