I mentioned this recipe on Tuesday and said I would share so here it is...
It is something I saw on Pinterest of course, and modified it a little bit and my gosh, the end result was AMAZING! Everyone at the party I brought these to were raving about them. They were seriously delicious.
12 fresh jalapeños - this makes 24
8 ounces softened cream cheese
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Sprinkle of onion powder
Sprinkle of garlic powder
Dash of salt and pepper
12 slices bacon, cut in half
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Use a disposable baking sheet for the easiest clean up, or line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut tops off jalapeños then cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds and centers
Set off to the side.
Using a spatula or heavy wooden spoon, mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese, garlic, and paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, salt & pepper together until well combined.
With a spoon, distribute filling equally among all 24 jalapeño halves.
This can be a little messy - just accept it. It's worth the mess.
Arrange jalapenos on the baking sheet so they all fit.
Place in refrigerator while you do the next step.
Cut your slices of bacon in half with kitchen scissors
par-cook all 24 half slices.
I'd say about 2 minutes per side.
Set on a plate lined with paper towel to cool while you finish par cooking the rest.
Once you are done with that and have bacon grease everywhere, pull out the stuffed jalapenos from the fridge.
Wrap each stuffed jalapeño with the par cooked half slice of bacon and stick a toothpick through the center so the bacon stays in place.
Place back on the baking rack and do the same for the rest.
Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the bacon is crisp to your liking.
Broil for the last minute or two to get things extra crispy.
I thought about serving these with a cool ranch type dip/dressing, but honestly, they were delicious all by themselves!
If you have a husband who loves spicy stuff - these will be a hit.
I'm not HUGE on super spicy, so these were a total win for me.
Just enough heat and that gooey cheese and bacon.....mmmmm