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PostPosted: Wed Oct 29, 2008 10:44 am    Post subject: Texas Jalapeno Poppers Reply with quote

Thanks to Tina -aka- Mommy's Kitchen




These are the ingredients you will need.

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese.

Add shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

Add 1-2 Tablespoons Bacon Bits.


Wash and clean peppers cut in half and remove seeds. Make sure to wash you hands again after handling the peppers and before stuffing. The recipe i have does not state to blanch the peppers first, but I highly recommend doing that before stuffing the pepper.

Definition of Blanching
To plunge foods into boiling water for a few seconds or a few minutes, then remove and place in ice water. This process sets the color of vegetables, lets you easily peel fruits, and slip the skins off nuts. The food does not cook all the way through, so crisp texture is preserved.


Put the milk, flour & bread crumbs into three separate small bowls.


Spoon this mixture into the jalapeno pepper halves.

Dip the stuffed jalapenos first into the milk.

Then, dip into the flour - making sure they are well coated with each.


Allow the coated jalapenos to dry for about 10 minutes.

Dip the jalapenos in milk again.

Then, roll them through the breadcrumbs.


Allow them to dry, then repeat to ensure the entire surface of the jalapeno is coated.


In a medium skillet or home fryer, heat the oil to 375° F.. Deep fry the coated jalapenos 2 to 3 minutes each, until golden brown.

Remove and let drain on a paper towel.


Yummo!!! dip in Ranch Dressing or eat them by themselves.

Texas Jalapeno Poppers
12 - oz. cream cheese, softened
1 - 8 oz. package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 -2 T. bacon bits
12 oz - jalapeno peppers, seeded and halved
(we used about 15 jalapenos)
1 - cup milk
1 - cup all-purpose flour
1 - cup dry bread crumbs
2 - quarts oil for frying

In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, Cheddar cheese and bacon bits. Spoon this mixture into the jalapeno pepper halves. Put the milk and flour into two separate small bowls. Dip the stuffed jalapenos first into the milk then into the flour, making sure they are well coated with each. Allow the coated jalapenos to dry for about 10 minutes. Dip the jalapenos in milk again and roll them through the breadcrumbs. Allow them to dry, then repeat to ensure the entire surface of the jalapeno is coated. In a medium skillet or home fryer, heat the oil to 375° F.. Deep fry the coated jalapenos 2 to 3 minutes each, until golden brown. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.

A few words about this recipe
One of my favorite foods in Texas are the famous "Jalapeno Poppers" if you don't know what they are you sure are missing out. Jalapeno Poppers are peppers that are blanched then stuffed with a cheddar, monterey jack and/or cream cheese and sometimes bacon. Mix, then breaded with a milk-egg-breadcrumb mixture and deep fried. They are usually served with Ranch Dressing, but I like them all by themselves. The origin of the Jalapeno Popper is unclear, but they are most likely an Americanized version of the classic Mexican dish, Chili Rellenos. Jalapeno poppers are sometimes also known as "Alligator Eggs" Where ever they came from oh how I love them.

Years ago i used to make a special trip at lunch or after work to this little hole in the wall Barbecue place called "The Wood Pit BBQ". They had the most awesome Jalapeno Poppers you could find, so crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside with the perfect amount of heat from the peppers. Oh..... and they also had great BBQ. This place was so small they could only seat a handful of people inside since there were only a couple tables that fit. I always seemed to end up on the table that was always hit by the front door as people entered the restaurant. It didn't matter though because they had the best BBQ and the best Poppers I knew of so it was a small price to pay for something i love. If i went through the drive though i usually had those babies polished off before i got to my destination. I am not sure if the BBQ place is still around it's been many years since i have been there. I really need to look into that, But dont worry you can recreate these great little poppers at home. They take a bit of time to get together but so worth it in the end.

I found the hardest part of the whole thing was finding the perfect Jalapeno Peppers. It's kind of hit and miss with that either you get some great flavorful peppers that aren't hot enough or you get some that set a fire in your mouth and are really just to hot to eat. I am still on the quest of finding the perfect Jalapeno Peppers with the perfect combination. I purchased the Jalapenos Peppers for this recipe at Fiesta Mart. My husband and I set a day aside to try and make the homemade version of the Jalapeno Poppers . It really wasn't hard at all and they turned out great. They didn't pack the heat like i thought they would, but that just means I still have to find the right peppers. Other than that the flavor was wonderful and i liked the addition of the bacon.
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