Whole raw jalapeño peppers are hollowed out, stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection. This recipe is all about technique, which makes this appetizer stand out!
Makes 12-15 poppers
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
- 12-15 whole raw jalapeño peppers
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 16 oz. thinly sliced bacon (12-15 strips)
- Paring knife
- Grill – Gas or Charcoal
- Oven (if a grill isn’t available)
- Pointy wooden toothpicks
1. Hollow out the jalapeños:
2. Fill the jalapeños with cream cheese:
If you overstuff the poppers, the cream cheese will melt out and make a huge mess!-El Panadorito
3. Wrap the jalapeños in bacon:
Refrigerate for 15-30 minutes before cooking. It’s not necessary, but it firms up the bacon and makes them easier to handle.-El Panadorito
4 : Cook the Poppers:
THE SECRET IS TO START WITH A COLD GRILL OR OVEN.
Gas Grill: Turn on one side of the burners to medium-high heat (425ºF, 220ºC) and place the poppers on the cold unlit side of the grill for indirect heat. Close the grill lid and cook the poppers for ~7 minutes after the grill reaches temp. Flip the poppers and cook for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Rotate and turn the poppers as needed to evenly cook the bacon.
Charcoal: Create a charcoal fire using your favorite method. When the coals are ready, move them to one side of the grill for indirect heat. Set the grate on the grill and place the poppers on the side away from the coals. Cover and let cook for about 9-10 minutes. Flip the poppers, close the grill lid and cook for an additional 5-7 minutes. Rotate and turn the poppers as needed to evenly cook the bacon.
Oven: Set the poppers on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil and place on the center rack of a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 425ºF (220ºC). Set a timer for 12-14 minutes, depending on how fast your oven heats up. Rotate and flip the poppers and cook for an additional 4 minutes, or until the bacon is golden brown.
“The bacon will continue to cook for a few minutes after you take the poppers off heat!”-El Panadorito
REMOVE THE TOOTHPICK BEFORE EATING!
Cook with love, and everything will taste wonderful!-El Panadorito