Time for Poppers!
In the fall with football season and jalapeno peppers ripe in the garden, it’s time to make my favorite delicious No Grain Hybrid Vegetarian/Meat Jalapeno Poppers. I grow jalapeno peppers in my garden each year and they always grow so well. I wanted a new way to use all those peppers so I created this meat and grain free recipe to make poppers (you can easily add meat of course like precooked bacon or ham). It’s great to be able to have the popper flavor without the added grain from breading.
The three cheeses mixed with the jalapeno spiciness is so tasty. I love when the cheese browns a bit on the top and gets a slight crisp crunch. Or I love when cheese oozes down the side during cooking and crisps where touches the pan. Yum!
I remove the seeds from the jalapenos. Some people wear gloves when working with jalapenos because the peppers leave juices on the skin. Once I remembered this too late and I took out my contacts before bed and my eyes were in excruciating pain but I couldn’t figure out why. Then I remembered I had handled the peppers to make poppers that evening. So wear gloves or really wash your hands very well with lots of water to thoroughly rinse off your skin.
Enjoy your Sunday football games and try out my delicious appetizer. It’s so good!
No Grain Hybrid Vegetarian/Meat Jalapeno Poppers
- 6 individual jalapeno peppers slice in half and removed seeds
- 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1/4 cup pre-cooked bacon or ham, optional OPTIONAL, good without meat
- Set cream cheese out on counter to soften. If you did not set out cream cheese in time to soften you can soften it by microwaving for 15 seconds for easy stirring. Mix the three cheeses together in a bowl with a fork. Press fork down to mix cheeses then stir with the fork. If desired, add meat here or save out a portion of the cheese mixture if making meatless and meat poppers.
- Cut stem tops off of jalapeno peppers. Cut peppers in half and scoop out seeds. If you like added spiciness leave some seeds in the pepper.
- Spoon cheese mixture into cut peppers. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. TIP: Depending on the size of the peppers you may or may not have some cheese mixture left. Add finely chopped jalapeno peppers to leftover cheese mixture and spread on crackers or bagel crisps. It's delicious!
- Cook at 350 degrees for 15-17 minutes, broil on low for 2-3 minutes to turn cheese a golden color. Broiling also makes the cheese a bit crispy and finishes up cooking the peppers. Wash hands well after handling jalapenos.