Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Looking to kick your party up a notch?  These Jalapeno poppers have just the right amount of heat to be exciting.  With a velvety cheesy filling in a crunchy coating, they are a two-bite wonder. Baking them reduces the prep time and the calories without losing any of the texture and great taste.  Serve this easy appetizer and watch your guests go wild.  Oh, and plan to make way more than you think you need.  They are that good.

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BAKED JALAPENO POPPERS

Ingredients:

  • 8 small jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 c shredded cheese(I used swiss and gruyère mix;  a Mexican blend is a good choice)
  • 1/4 c cream cheese
  • 1 T mayonnaise
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c panko bread crumbs

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment.
  2. Halve the peppers, trying to preserve stems on each half.  Remove seeds and membranes and discard. The stems make them perfect nature-made finger foods.  You may want to put on latex gloves to handle the peppers especially if you wear contact lenses as the seeds and membranes will leave their oils on your skin and this is what contains their heat.
  3. Mix cheeses and the mayonnaise together and fill each pepper with this mixture.  Dip each pepper in the egg then roll in the panko bread crumbs to coat lightly.  Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes until cheese is melted and the peppers soft.

For a skinnier version, use reduced fat cheeses, no-fat mayonnaise and egg substitute.  This was originally a Weight Watchers’ recipe that I modified. You can use any combination of good melting cheese.  The recipe can easily be doubled or made for a crowd.  I once made 200 of these for a party and every last one vanished!

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Peppers halved. Seeds and membranes cleaned out to reduce degree of heat, stems preserved

 

Cheese and mayonnaise filling

Cheese and mayonnaise filling

Egg wash and panko

Egg wash and panko

Filled, coated and ready to bake

Filled, coated and ready to bake

Ooey gooey good and ready to serve

Ooey gooey good and ready to serve

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Go ahead.  Pop one and let’s get this party started!

“Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper;
A peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled pepper,
Where’s the peck of pickled pepper Peter Piper picked? ”

Mother Goose

14 thoughts on “Baked Jalapeno Poppers

    • A few hours ahead, keep at room temperature and reheat in oven just to soften cheese again. We have had leftovers the next day, reheated from the fridge and they were still good but they will lose some of the crispness of the coating, You could make them ahead, unbaked and bake them bake them an hour before you need them.

  1. Made them for a party last night. They were immediately scarfed up. Not sure if that is the proper spelling of scarf (to eat immediately). I was told that they were delicious.

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