It's that time of year... March Madness! Unfortunately, I didn't fill out a bracket this year. Time escaped me, and before I knew it, the tournament had begun! Although - my method of choosing the team names that sound
prettier might have actually proven successful, with all the upsets there have been so far.
I'm not a huge
sports-watcher (unless it's long-distance running... I could watch that for hours!), but I do
love a good sports game on TV. As long as there are appetizers are involved, hehe. These BBQ Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
are sure to be a hit the next time you're watching the game on TV. Or ya know, any time you have a craving for something smoky, cheesy, and a bit spicy.
It all starts with half a jalapeno pepper, which is stuffed with a cream cheese-green onion-cheddar cheese mixture. It's then wrapped in bacon, covered in barbecue sauce, and baked until the bacon is bubbly and brown. Every time I have prepared these jalapenos, they have all
been gobbled up in a matter of minutes. Even if it's just my husband and me. (Although, if it's just the two of us, I do usually scale the recipe down a bit.)
If you do happen to have any leftovers, these would be awesome on top of a grilled burger or chicken breast sandwich. Can you imagine?
Let's get started. Start by cutting the jalapenos in half.
The trickiest part is probably getting the seeds out of the jalapenos. If you can't take the heat, get as many of the seeds out as possible. (I like to remove the seeds completely on all but one
. And then watch very carefully as I figure out which friend got the super spicy one. And just pray it isn't me. Hehe.)
Then, mix up the cheesy filling. Just cream cheese, green onions, and shredded cheddar cheese.
Scoop a bit of filling into each jalapeno half.
Wrap with the jalapenos with the bacon, secure with a toothpick, and top with a bit of barbecue sauce!
50 minutes later... yum!
BBQ Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
- 18 jalapeno peppers
- 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
- ¾ cup cheddar cheese, finely shredded
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1 package bacon
- ¾ cup barbecue sauce
- 36 toothpicks
Preheat oven to 300*F. Cut jalapenos in half, and scoop out seeds and membrane, and discard, leaving only the jalapeno shell. Lay out jalapenos on a baking sheet. (You should have 36 total.)
In a small bowl, combine softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and chopped green onions. Evenly spread the cheese mixture into each jalapeno shell.
Cut bacon slices in half, and wrap each half around one jalapeno. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat with remaining bacon and jalapenos. Brush evenly with barbecue sauce.
Bake in 300*F for 50-60 minutes until bacon is done. Serve warm or at room temperature.