Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bites

It isn’t often that my husband, Jon, is influenced by a food in such a way that he feels the need to recreate it.  These Jalapeno Bites are an exception.  He came home one day from work, raving about an appetizer his friend Adam brought in.  Cream cheese filled jalapenos. I’ll be honest – I’m not a fan of spicy foods, and hot peppers have never really been my thing.  That is, until I got a bite of one of these bad boys.

The overall experience isn’t all that hot.  What you get is a nice tangy punch from the cream cheese, the salty, greasy goodness of the bacon, and just enough bite from the jalapeno to let you know you are onto something good.  I can’t take any responsibility for this one at all folks…it’s all the Man.  He took his friend’s idea and changed it up, according to what he he felt seemed appropriate.

I think he really hit the mark.

Give it a try at your next gathering or tailgate party – you’ll have some impressed eaters!

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Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bites

makes 24jonpoppers

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 12 Jalapenos, halved & seeded
  • 24 – six inch pieces of bacon, uncooked

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine cream cheese and spices in small bowl.  Spoon mixture into each pepper half, until level.  Wrap each in bacon, and place on baking sheet.  Bake for 40-45 minutes.  Remove and enjoy!

Until next time, have a great day!



Comments

  1. looks so yummy – Jalopenos on shopping list….. :)

  2. I am Mexican\American any hoot, jalapeños if they have little white lines running across they are spicey! Also, if they are fresh, most likely spicy! You can buy them a week before and make this recipe and won’t be so hard to chew either. Good luck!

  3. I’m 15 and love cooking. I saw these and decided today was the day to try them out. They are in the oven right now!!!!

  4. I make these ahead as we harvest our jalapeno peppers. I fill the jalapeno with the creme cheese, wrap a half slice of bacon around it and freeze on a sheet pan. When they are frozen I divide them into baggies holding the amount appropriate for our next party. When Super Bowl or National Championship game comes around, I just put the frozen jalapenos on a sheet pan and bake til the bacon is crisp. I think the cream cheese doesn’t melt out because it was frozen. My big question is can I cook them, freeze them, and just reheat when we get to the tailgate party? We will be traveling to some of the Big 10 games and I would like the convenience of just reheating for a few minutes on a grill rather than doing the cooking when we get to the party. Has anybody tried the cook ahead and reheat scenario? How did it turn out?

  5. lynn townsley says:

    I always bake my bacon in the oven until just about done. Then I take each slice and wrap around the jalepeno and cook in the oven. This makes the bacon much crispier when done.

  6. You can tell the heat of the jalapeño by looking at the skin. The smoother the skin, the milder the heat and the more wrinkled the skin is, the hotter it will be.

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