Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A very cute appetizer
--Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños

Cheese-Stuffed Jalapeños
Taste of Home Celebrations Cookbook Copyright 2005

25 medium fresh jalapeño peppers
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 cups (12 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese I used Cabot 50% Light Sharp Cheddar
1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes. In a large saucepan, boil peppers in water for 5-10 minutes (the longer you boil the peppers, the milder they become.) Drain and rinse in cold water; set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Worcestershire sauce. Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls in to each jalapeño half; sprinkle with bacon. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Yield: about 4 dozen

I couldn't resist a package of jalapeños for 14 cents, from the reduced produce section. There were over a dozen peppers in there, but I quartered this recipe and only used 7 of the peppers, for a small appetizer for just me and my husband. I froze the rest for future recipes.

I've made 'snake bites' before where I cleaned out jalapeños, stuffed them with straight cream cheese, wrapped them with bacon and grilled them. They were awesome but they were messy (bacon grease dripping into the grill, causing flare-ups ) and took time and watching to cook on the grill. This recipe was so much easier and neater. There's no getting around the hard part - cleaning out the seeds and membranes but after that this recipe was quite easy to finish off. Of course, I may not have felt that way if I had made all 25 peppers!

This is my contribution to Sweetnick's ARF/5-A-Day Tuesdays. Jalapeños are a good source of antioxidants and they're very healthy. Cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon sure do make healthy foods taste good.

It's the 10th and I still don't have a cookbook to giveaway this month. Hopefully this weekend I'll get my hands on one. The problem is that I can't shop for a giveaway cookbook without buying a few for myself.

Blast From The Past: Sweet Jalapeño Mustard Turkey Thighs from May 2006. I've made these a couple of times and I'll make them a few more. I'm not sure why I liked this recipe so much - it comes out quite ugly - but I do.

Question of the Day: What kind of cookbooks are you interested in?


Heather said...

I think it is neat you made appetizers for you and your husband. I rarely make appetizers for us.
In cookbook terms, I love baking cookbooks and healthy eating cookbooks.

Unknown said...

I'm like Heather and like baking and healthy eating cookbooks.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great idea! I have only had the deep fried jalapeno "poppers"...and not for a long time because they are sooo fried! I just got the Canyon Ranch spa cookbooks, trying to find more healthy casserole type dishes to demonstrate Demarle at Home cookware with. Most egg/quiche type things work, but I want to show some variety and stuff people can make for quick healthy dinners.

Brilynn said...

Those are cute!

I pretty much like all cookbooks... it's a problem, the internet makes buying them way too easy.

Sara said...

Those are so adorable! They look easier than the stuffed jalapenos I've made in the past.

Cate said...

They ARE cute!

Mrs.D said...

I saw your appetizers on Sweetnicks and they look so tasty! I will definitely have to try them.

Arties32 said...

This looks great- I have stuffed jalapenos and other peppers with a ricotta mixture and baked them- they're good too. This looks better! Also low carb for those watching their carbs.

Anonymous said...

Yum, and what a bargain on the peppers! I never serve appetizers when having people over for dinner because my food and desserts are usually so rich, I am afraid they would leave feeling sick! So I make the appetizer recipes for main courses or side dishes for my husband and I, too, so we get to still enjoy them and find our favorites, for when I ever need to bring one to a party or the beach. You can't go wrong with jalapeno poppers!