Stuffed Jalapenos - Awesome Recipe!
I'm going to show and tell you how to make stuffed jalapenos in this article. They're awesomely delicious! I do a lot of cooking, and these tasty morsels have quickly become on of my favorite recipes. And really, I have thousands of recipes, including many that I created myself. If you placed all the party food I’ve ever made end to end, it would probably stretch to the moon and back – several times. Okay, I have no idea about the veracity of that statement. I do know, however, that I’ve hosted tons of get-togethers, and I served great party foods at all of them. I have some old favorites, but I also like creating and trying out new party appetizer recipes. As a matter of fact, I came up with a new one today, for pepper poppers. These are actually pretty quick and easy to make, relatively speaking. And they’re delicious! I’ll definitely be including them on my party food menu for future events. If you want something a little out of the ordinary - something that can be served as a finger food yet still be meaty and hearty, try these stuffed jalapenos!
Party Appetizer Recipes
Put a lot of thought into your party appetizer recipes. Try to include a good mixture of spicy, salty, savory, and sweet party foods. Use different textures, too, including creamy, smooth, and crunchy. For an attractive table of party food, place the items at different heights and include different shapes and colors. Keep the serving dishes at least half full at all times.
My party appetizer recipes include quick and easy recipes, difficult recipes, and in-between recipes. I might focus on just a couple of difficult recipes and two or three moderately difficult recipes. For the rest of my party food, I use simple party appetizer recipes that I can put together in a few minutes with little effort. Some of my quick and easy recipes for party food include dips, spreads, toasted nuts, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, and finger sandwiches. Appetizer recipes for parties can include most anything!
Party Finger Foods
Party finger foods are definitely the best way to go with several types of get-togethers. Party food that’s easy to pick up, handle, and eat will be a big hit with your guests. Remember that party finger foods should be small, too. It’s usually best to keep these party foods in one or two-bite morsels. If you have a wide variety of party finger foods, your guests are most likely going to want to sample everything you have to offer, so you don’t want them to “fill up” on a single item. Make it possible for them to have a taste of everything!
By the way, the stuffed jalapenos I'm providing the recipe for here can be considered finger foods. That's why I suggest leaving the stems on. They make a great little "handle," perfect for grabbing and holding! Who needs forks when Nature is so accommodating?
No doubt you’ve tried stuffed jalapenos, also called pepper poppers. If not, I’m sure you’ve at least seen them on restaurant menus. In case you’re not familiar with them, pepper poppers are stuffed jalapeno peppers. They can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients, but in most restaurants, the peppers are usually stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, or crab meat. The pepper poppers in most restaurants are usually battered and fried after they’ve been stuffed. Cooking the jalapenos decreases the “hot factor” significantly, by the way. Of course, you can create your own pepper poppers with milder peppers, too, but I think jalapenos are just about the perfect size for appetizers and finger foods.
If you don't care for the heat of green jalapeno peppers, try to find some red ones. The red ones are ripe, and they're milder than the green ones. You can get creative with the stuffing, too. You might want to try chopped shrimp, ground chicken, ground turkey, sausage, or a thick cheese spread. I once had some peppers that were stuffed with an avocado mixture, and they were pretty darn tasty, especially when we dipped them in a sour cream-salsa dip.
Here's a word of warning for those readers who aren't familiar with preparing jalapeno recipes and handling hot peppers: protect your hands! The juice from the peppers gets on your hands, and it often stays there a while. If you put your hands to your eyes with the hot juice on your fingers, your eyes will feel as if they're on fire. To avoid this, wear plastic gloves when handling the peppers, and then throw the gloves away.
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- 1/2 pound (about 1 cup) lean ground beef
- 1 teaspoon Lawry's garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 24 jalapeno peppers, about 3 inches long
- 24 thin slices bacon, cut in half, lengthwise
- 48 wooden toothpicks
- oil for frying
- Combine ground beef, garlic salt, black pepper, and onion powder. Place in fridge.
- Rinse and dry peppers and slice in half, lengthwise, leaving stems on.
- Scoop out seeds and ribs from jalapenos with a small spoon.
- Fill each pepper half with one teaspoon seasoned ground beef.
- Wrap each pepper popper with one-half slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
- Heat four inches of oil in a deep pot over medium heat, or to 350 degrees.
- Fry pepper poppers for three or four minutes, until bacon is brown and crisp.
- Drain on paper towels and remove toothpicks. Serve your stuffed jalapenos with ranch or blue cheese dressing.