Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

from ButterYum
makes 24

Ingredients

  • 10-12 Jalapeno peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 10-12 slices bacon (standard thickness)
  • disposable food safe gloves and eye protection suggested

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F with the rack in the upper middle position.
  2. Place an oven-safe cooling rack into a rimmed sheet pan.  
  3. Protect hands and eyes with disposable food-safe gloves and goggles.
  4. Wash jalapeno peppers and cut in half lengthwise.
  5. Use a spoon or melon scoop to carefully remove seeds and membranes from each jalapeno half (protective goggles are very important here - eyeglasses or even sunglasses will work if you don't have goggles).
  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the cream cheese, cheddar or pepper jack cheese, and garlic salt.  
  7. Fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture.
  8. Wrap each jalapeno half with a slice of bacon and place onto the cooling rack.
  9. Baking in oven for approximately 20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked the way you like it.  
  10. Remove poppers from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before transferring them to a serving platter.   Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.
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