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November 11th, 2010, 11:11 AM
Yep, I can feel it in the air….that slight nip that tickles the end of your nose in the morning, the heat of a warm oven (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oven), the smell of fresh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wine_tasting_descriptors) bread…everything tastes so much better when the season changes. I’ve already began planning my Thanksgiving (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thanksgiving) menu and my favorite poppers are on the list, as well as a half-dozen pies (the recipes I will be posting in the next few weeks).
Poppers? What are poppers? Well, if you love cream cheese, bacon, and jalapenos, these are going to tickle your fancy. Mind you, there is a bit of work involved, but these little jewels will be the talk of the party!
http://tamelaquijas.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/images.jpg?w=116&h=116 (http://tamelaquijas.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/the-holdiays-are-around-the-corner-so-what-are-you-bringing-to-the-table/images-2/)Jalapeño Poppers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalape%C3%B1o_popper)
These, I found, are made differently all over the United States (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=38.8833333333,-77.0166666667&spn=10.0,10.0&q=38.8833333333,-77.0166666667 (United%20States)&t=h). I prefer the typical ones served here in El Paso (http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=31.7902777778,-106.423333333&spn=0.1,0.1&q=31.7902777778,-106.423333333 (El%20Paso%2C%20Texas)&t=h)—which are simple. I had poppers once at a Christmas dinner (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_dinner) party a few years back. Unfortunately, the darn things looked as if they were suffering from anorexia and were burnt. On top of their miniscule size, I had to remove a toothpick holding the bacon to the pepper!
I hate having to dissect any lethal weaponry from a snack before I put it in my mouth.
I played around with the recipe for a few days afterward until I came up with these babies, not burnt and as thick as sausages. My guests and family have discovered you can’t eat just one and poppers will be a guaranteed hit at every party or holiday bash you throw. I have people show up looking for these and, if they aren’t on the table, they nearly weep.
No kidding.
These can be made the day before, refrigerated, and thrown in the oven a few hours before the party.
4 (8-ounce) packages regular (not fat-free!) Cream Cheese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cream_cheese), softened (the store brand will do)
4 (12 ounce) packages raw Bacon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacon) (slice each packaged slab in half)
@ 75 thumb sized raw Jalapeño peppers; find them in the fresh vegetable section of your local grocers.
If you can’t find these, any thumb-sized hot pepper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chili_pepper) will do.
Rubber, talc free gloves (these are a must!)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Put on the gloves. You will need them!
Rinse the jalapeño peppers well in a colander. They are from fields and will often be rather dirty. Leave the peppers to dry for a few minutes in the colander, shaking off any excess water.
With a sharp knife, slice each pepper lengthwise. Using a teaspoon, scrape the seeds and the ribs out of the inside of the Jalapeño peppers. Throw the scraped seeds and ribbing away. Rinse the pepper thoroughly again. (You do not want any seeds in the casing.) Shake the Jalapeño peppers again in the colander to remove excess water.
With the gloves still on, fill the hollowed out cavity of the dry and halved Jalapeño pepper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalape%C3%B1o) with approximately a teaspoon of the softened cream cheese. Smooth the cream cheese into the hollowed out Jalapeño pepper shell. Don’t overfill the pepper!
Wrap with half slice of bacon around the Jalapeño pepper and cream cheese, placing the loose ends of the bacon underneath the pepper. Place in a 9×13 baking dish.
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour or until bacon is crispy but not burnt. Let the peppers cool for 15 minutes. When the poppers are cool, using tongs, move the peppers to a festive serving tray.

Jennifer Shirk
November 11th, 2010, 06:30 PM
Mmm...that sounds good. I love jalapeno poppers.

I'm bringing...everything this year. LOL I'm hosting. But I'm sure I'll have some family members bring dessert. :biggrin:

November 16th, 2010, 10:46 PM
Oh I am going to have to make these, My hubby will love them!!!! Thanks for the recipe

November 18th, 2010, 06:43 PM
I'm bringing dessert and the poppers---I got off lite this year!