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Jalapeño Poppers With A Twist

Instead of breaded poppers, or covered in bacon, these poppers are cored out and packed with center cut bacon, light cream cheese and spices, baked or then grilled in the oven till roasted. The jalapeño grill rack makes these appetizers a breeze to put together and grill/bake. You can bake or grill them when needed if you have them prepared. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

  • 20 medium-sized jalapeños tops cut off and cored (usage tool that includes rack)
  • 8 Oz light cream cheese softened
  • 3 garlic cloves finely minced (about 1 T)
  • 4 bacon
  • 1/4 Cup red onion finely sliced
  • 1/4 Cup Parmesan / Cheddar Cheese shredded
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp cilantro finely sliced (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Cut the tops off the jalapeños and core, eliminating the seeds and membrane. You might want to use plastic gloves to safeguard your skin from the jalapeños.
  • In a little bowl combine: cream cheese, garlic, bacon, onion, cheddar cheese, Chipotle spices, lime juice and cilantro. If you don't utilize the Chipotle Seasoning, be sure and include salt and pepper to taste. You can blend the mixture with a wooden spoon or use a handheld mixer.
    A word of caution: Know that the core of the flavors here is the cheese that you use. Ensure to be generous with the quantity; needless to mention, the quality. If you prefer dense parmesan over cheddar, these parmesan cheese brands are some of my favorites that virtually go everything.
  • Spoon about 3/4 T. -1 T. filling, use a tiny spoon/spatula to work the filling into the jalapeño. Again you might wish to use gloves when filling them. You do not always fill them completely, just about 3/4 -1 T. of filling.
  • Place toothpicks about 1/3 of the method below the top. As they prepare the jalapeños to diminish and can fail the holes on the rack, the toothpicks avoid this.
  • Place the jalapeños in the grilling rack and grill over medium heat for about 30 minutes. Or you can bake them in the rack in the oven at 425 ° for about 25 minutes.
  • Serve immediately while warm.

Notes

You can easily make these appetizers up ahead of time, up to 2 days. When required, grill or bake. Leftovers are great reheated too. You can even include some shredded cooked chicken breasts to make them a lot more filling!