Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Poppers + Weekly Menu

Some of the best recipes are the most simple. And the most obscure.

To think that jalapenos, cheese, and brown sugar could (or would) ever be married to create a desirable flavor…who knew? Tisk, tisk those of you who lift your snooty noses to Taste of Home recipes! As of yesterday, this recipe had 37 reviews and earned itself a 5-star rating, how about it?

This recipe is a fan favorite from that cute little mother of mine. She all but demanded my food photography after she plated these jalapeno poppers asking, “Are my poppers going to make it onto the blog, Nic?!”

Why yes, mother. Here they are…since you asked so nicely. AND they far exceeded my expectations 😉

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Sweet and Spicy Jalapeno Poppers adapted from Taste of Home

6 jalapeno peppers
4 oz light cream cheese, softened
2 Tbsp 2% cheddar cheese, shredded
6 nitrate-free turkey bacon strips, halved widthwise
3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1 Tbsp chili seasoning

Directions:

Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds and membrane; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cheeses until blended. Spoon into pepper halves. Wrap a half-strip of bacon around each pepper half.

Combine brown sugar and chili seasoning; coat peppers with sugar mixture. Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan.

Bake at 350 F for 18-20 minutes or until bacon is firm. Yield: 12 poppers.

Nutrition Information (per popper): 59 calories; 3.6 g. fat; 13 mg. cholesterol; 159 mg. sodium; 4.2 g. carbohydrate; 0.3 g. fiber; 2.1 g. protein

Result: I can’t say I was overly anxious after hearing these described, but they were so good! The brown sugar just…works! Promise! I couldn’t stop and 1 or 2…I ended up with 3 🙂 Mom Prevention says these are a hit while entertaining and they’ve gone over great with lots of crowds. And not spicy in the least…just remove those seeds and membranes from the peppers! Enjoy!

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I’m sad to head home today, but it’s been a relaxing, long weekend. I did make time to create the menu (and grocery list) for this week. I am going to grocery shop on my way back home because otherwise, I’m afraid it won’t get done! I’ve got a late hockey game tonight – 10:20pm…grumble! I’m too old for the late games!

Weekly Menu: August 8th-11th

I am also making Chocolate Beet Cherry Muffins for breakfast for the week! 😀

Question: What’s one flavor combination others think is “gross” and you just love? (think fries and frostie combos!)

See you back in the OH,

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13 Comments

  1. August 7, 2011 / 7:38 am

    Yum. I have to make these one night! Nick would flip.
    HAve a safe trip home. And save me a chocolate beet cherry muffin!! Sounds…interesting, yet…..really tasty!

  2. August 7, 2011 / 10:03 am

    The poppers sound great!!! I can totally see how well the flavors would work!

    Have a safe trip back and a great week!

  3. August 7, 2011 / 10:30 am

    Those poppers look delicious. LOVE sweet and salty! Have a safe trip home Nicole!!!

  4. August 7, 2011 / 12:52 pm

    Dammit – if I had known those poppers were on the menu, I would have made the hour drive to Oak Park! Glad you had a fun weekend at home – drive safe! 😀

  5. August 7, 2011 / 5:06 pm

    I think those sound amazing, but I think we both know you had me sold as soon as I saw the cheese. 🙂

  6. Aidan
    August 10, 2011 / 6:35 pm

    My Mom makes something very similar to that. She just takes the seeds out of the peppers, stuffs it with cream cheese, and wraps it in turkey bacon. I’m stoked to try your Mother’s version! 😀

  7. August 11, 2011 / 7:44 pm

    I’ve been wanting to make poppers, and just haven’t done it….these have convinced me to make them asap before my peppers go bad! Also, I’ve found several yummy recipes at Taste of Home – like Zucchini Yeast Bread…it was awesome 😀

  8. Sarah
    August 22, 2012 / 9:13 pm

    I made these along with your chicken basil stuffed twice baked potatoes with a nice berry salad and it was amazing! made it for my 2 brothers, dad, and boyfriend and they were in heaven. I love your blog and will continuing reading/using your recipes!! 🙂 thanks

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