Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Cheesy Jalepeno Poppers

My first experience with Poppers was in a restaruant called the Drunken Admiral where they are called "Depth Chargers" on the menu. "Depth Chargers - guaranteed to kill all your seamen! Fresh fat chillies, seeded, filled with garlic n' herb cheese, crispy fried with a sticky blackberry dip" I was in heaven and have to say these are ordered everytime I dine there.

Jalepeno poppers would have to be one of my favourite yet guilty pleasures - the ultimate party food, entree or even sneaky snack. There are so many variations for these little tasty morsels - some are battered and deep fried, some have various fillings but this recipe is what I consider to be the ultimate flavour combination.

The three cheeses mixed together with a hint of garlic and chilli enveloped in a fresh softened jalepeno which is baked not fried so has a clean crisp flavour without all the grease.

Definitely a brilliant flavour explosion for your tastebuds.... if you haven't tried one I am sure you will be surpised... not only are these quick and easy to make but these little poppers do pack a punch!!

Cheesy Jalepeno Poppers
Serves: 6 (2 poppers)
ProPoints per serve: 3 
cooking spray
250 grams Weight Watchers bacon cut into strips
115 grams reduced fat cream cheese, softened
60 grams grated 50% reducted fat tasty cheese
60 grams grated Colby cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
freshly ground black pepper
6 larg fresh jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and cook bacon over medium-high heat until crispy.

In a large bowl, combine the bacon, cheeses, salt, garlic powder, chilli powder and black pepper, mixing well.

Spoon about 2 tablespoonfuls into each pepper half.   Roll gently in bread crumbs.

Place on a prepared baking tray. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes for spicy flavor, 25 minutes for medium and 35 minutes for mild.

Serve immediately.

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