Jalapeño poppers, also known as chili poppers, are a classic Tex-Mex appetizer with a rich history that has its roots in the United States. The original recipe for jalapeño poppers was created in the 1970s, in Southern California, by a chef who combined the flavors of the jalapeño pepper, cream cheese, and bacon. Since then, the popularity of jalapeño poppers has spread around the world, with variations of the dish appearing in many countries.
Jalapeño poppers are typically made by stuffing a jalapeño pepper with a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon. The jalapeño pepper is then wrapped in bacon and deep-fried until the bacon is crispy and the cheese is melted. The dish is served hot, with a variety of garnishes such as sour cream and salsa.
Jalapeño poppers are a popular appetizer in many restaurants, and it’s easy to make them at home.
Homemade Jalapeño Poppers Recipe
• 10 jalapeño peppers
• 8 ounces of cream cheese
• 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
• 10 strips of bacon
• Vegetable oil, for frying
• Salt and pepper, to taste
• Sour cream, for garnish
• Salsa, for garnish
Kitchen Equipment Needed:
• Large pot
• Frying pan
• Baking sheet
• Paper towels
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds.
- In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and cheddar cheese.
- Stuff each jalapeño pepper half with the cheese mixture and wrap it with a strip of bacon.
- Place the wrapped jalapeño poppers on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Carefully add the jalapeño poppers to the hot oil and fry for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Remove the jalapeño poppers from the oil and place them on a paper-towel-lined plate. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve the jalapeño poppers with sour cream and salsa.
Suggested Twist on the Classic Recipe
For a twist on the classic jalapeño poppers recipe, try adding some diced onion and garlic to the cheese mixture before stuffing the peppers. Or, try adding some diced jalapeños to the cheese mixture for an extra kick of spice. You can also experiment with different types of cheese, such as Monterey Jack or Gouda. For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon and fry the jalapeño poppers in a flavorful batter.
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