Jalepeno Poppers with Bacon and Puff Pastry

With the Superbowl coming up, I’m all about appetizers.  I normally just make appetizers and call it a day.  This year, we might throw a homemade pizza in the mix, but we’ll see.  Last year, I made a version of these jalepeno poppers and my brother in law thought they were too hot.  I guess it’s all in how much heat you can handle.  Maybe I left some seeds in his on purpose…maybe not!

I think KB is insane about how much heat he can handle.  He actually buys the Ghost Chili grinders from Trader Joes in case I make something without enough heat for him.

So these jalepeno poppers start with some jalepenos.

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Slice in half lenghwise.  The seeds and ribs contain all the heat.  So if you want to make these extra spicy, leave a little bit inside.

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Scoop out the seeds and ribs to make room for the goodness…

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In a bowl, combine cream cheese, shredded cheese, garlic powder, minced onion.

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Mix until combined.

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Stuff the mixture into your seeded jalepenos.

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Crumble your bacon on top.

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Roll out a sheet of puff pastry and cut into squares large enough to cover your jalepenos.

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Completely cover the jalepenos, cheese and bacon.  At this point, if you want to freeze some go ahead.

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Place on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 17-20 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.

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Wait for them to cool for about 5 minutes (the cheese is HOT!) if you can wait that long or taste at your risk.

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Recipe

10 Jalepenos – sliced in half and seeded
4 oz cream cheese (I used whipped cream cheese)
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic or garlic powder
4 strips of bacon browned and crumbled
2 sheets frozen puff pastry (thawed) cut into squares

Slice jalepenos in half and remove seeds and ribs.  In a small mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, shredded cheese, onion, and garlic to combine.  Stuff into jalepenos.  Crumble bacon on top.  Cut puff pastry into squares.  Wrap each jalepeno with a square of puff pastry.  Place on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake at 375 degrees for about 17-20 minutes or until puff pastry is brown and cheese is bubbly.  Remove and cool for about 5 minutes (if you can wait that long).

Watch out – cheese is hot!

Enjoy!

Caroline