One of Sabrina's favorite treats is a well executed jalapeño popper. So she set out to achieve that goal! She stuffed halves of fresh jalapeños, as well as pickled jalapeño with bacon-y, cream cheesy goodness, and fried them to GBD. The clear winner was pickled over fresh.
You be the judge. : )
The pickled flavor of the jalapeños really made these babies pop! You can find them in any grocery store in the hispanic aisle or you can use fresh jalapeños in their place, just boil them for a couple of minutes to soften them up! I would also suggest to get creative with your flavorings, I was lucky with the BBQ Rub we had on hand but any sort of spanish spice flair would work nice here!
- 10 pickled jalapeños, sliced in half and de-seeded
- 8 oz. block of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup cheddar/mozzarella mix, shredded
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- 2 heaping tsp's BBQ rub ( Rub recipe to come but you can use any style of rub. Ours utilized cumin, brown sugar, salt, pepper and paprika)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- 2 quarts of oil for frying
Mix together the cream cheese, shredded cheese, bacon and 1 heaping tsp of rub mix.
Using a spoon spread mixture into sliced jalapeños, about 1 1/2 Tbsp. Place on cooling rack and place in fridge for 5 - 10 minutes.
Place flour, milk and bread crumbs into separate trays. Mix 1 tsp of rub into bread crumbs with a pinch of salt.
Remove chilled jalapeños from fridge. Roll in milk and then in flour. Return to rack. Repeat until all are covered. Let dry on rack, about 10 minutes.
Once dry, roll in milk again and then bread crumbs. Return to rack and dry again. Repeat the last process again to ensure full bread crumb coverage.
Heat oil to 365 - 370 degrees in deep pan or fryer. Add peppers in batches and cook at 350 degrees for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Pepper will be a nice golden brown when they are done. Remove to a paper towel to rest, the delicious cheese mix will be piping hot!
*This cheese mix is fantastic stuffed in cherry tomatoes and coated and fried the same way as the jalapeños. Melt in your mouth!!