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7 Ways to Make Jalapeno Poppers Your Own

Say hello to the world of customized Jalapeño Poppers! Today we'll see how you can transform this classic crowd-pleaser with seven sensational variations that'll delight your family and friends. 

Jalapeño poppers are like little parcels of deliciousness that offer the perfect blend of creamy, cheesy, and spicy goodness. With a satisfying crunch and a burst of flavor, they're the ultimate party pleaser or snack-time companion. Everyone seems to love them!

How to Jazz Up Jalapeno Poppers

Five jalapeno poppers arranged on a whipte plate.

But why stick to the usual when you can explore an array of mouthwatering customizations? Let's try some popular ways to make jalapeno poppers your own.

How to Customize Your Jalapeño Poppers

The Classic Creamy Poppers: Start with the beloved classic. Use a generous scoop of softened cream cheese to fill halved jalapeños.  This variation makes the jalapeno pepper the star of the appetizer.

The Cream Cheese and Chive Popper:  Introduce the bright color and hint of onion flavor found in fresh chives. Mix a generous portion of chopped fresh chives into your cream cheese.

The Cheesy Popper: Up the ante with a blend of shredded Mexican three-cheese or taco cheese blend. Build on the chive popper for delicious flavor.  These ooey-gooey poppers are sure to be a hit.

Bacon Bliss Popper: Wrap your poppers with thin-sliced bacon. The salty goodness takes them to a whole new level.

Italian Fusion Popper: Try prosciutto as the wrapper for your jalapeno poppers instead of bacon.  Thin prosciutto will be crisp and salty.

Sweet & Spicy Popper: Rub your bacon with a mix of brown sugar cumin and chili powder for caramelized sweetness and a little extra kick.

BBQ Bonanza: Popper Slather on your favorite BBQ sauce before baking for a smoky, tangy twist that'll keep everyone coming back for more.

How to Cook Jalapeño Poppers

  1. Cut in half and clean the jalapenos, removing the seeds and veins.
  2. Choose which filling you prefer, plain cream cheese, cream cheese and chive, cream cheese, chive, and Mexican cheese blend. Prepare the filling.
  3. Choose the wrap you prefer: prosciutto, bacon, or seasoned bacon. Cut the wrapper of choice. Mix the seasonings in a small bowl, if preferred.
  4. Fill each jalapeno half with the filling of choice and wrap with the wrapper of choice.
  5. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Freeze at this point if making ahead. Transfer to a freezer bag for long-term storage.
  6. To bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush with barbecue sauce, if desired. Cook for 20-30 minutes, watching after 15 minutes.
  7. Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

The Benefits of Making and Freezing Jalapeño Poppers

Yes, freezing your jalapeno poppers makes sense. Picture this: You've got a last-minute get-together or a sudden snack craving. What do you do? Reach into your freezer and pull out your pre-made, custom-packed poppers! 

These versatile bites are freezer-friendly wonders that save you time without compromising on flavor. Freezing is easy to do.  Just assemble your poppers, freeze them on a baking sheet, then transfer them to an airtight container. 

Bake directly from the freezer – no thawing required!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use different types of cheese?

Absolutely! Experimenting is fun! Experiment with your favorite cheese blends for a personalized touch. Pepperjack, cheddar, or even blue cheese – the sky's the limit!

Can I adjust the spice level?

Definitely. Remove the jalapeño seeds and membranes for milder heat, or leave them in for an extra kick. You can even add some hot sauce to your cream cheese mixture if you like extra spicy flavors.

Can I grill instead of bake?

For sure! Place the poppers on a preheated grill and cook until the cheese is melted and the peppers are slightly charred.

And there you have it, friends! Seven delicious ways to make your Jalapeño Poppers delight your family and friends more than ever before. 

Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

appetizer, poppers, jalapeno poppers
appetizer
Mexican
Yield: 12
Author: Donna Urso
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Jalapeno Poppers Seven Ways

Jalapeno Poppers Seven Ways

Seven ways to customize your jalapeno poppers to delight your family and friends
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 30 MinTotal time: 50 Min

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut in half and clean the jalapenos, removing the seeds and veins.
  2. Choose which filling you prefer, plain cream cheese, cream cheese and chive, cream cheese, chive, and Mexican cheese blend. Prepare the filling.
  3. Choose the wrap you prefer: prosciutto, bacon, or seasoned bacon. Cut the wrapper of choice. Mix the seasonings in a small bowl, if preferred.
  4. Fill each jalapeno half with the filling of choice and wrap with the wrapper of choice.
  5. Place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Freeze at this point if making ahead. Transfer to a freezer bag for long-term storage.
  6. To bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Brush with barbecue sauce, if desired. Cook for 20-30 minutes, watching after 15 minutes.
  7. Cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

199.9

Fat (grams)

17.96 g

Sat. Fat (grams)

8.35 g

Carbs (grams)

3.51 g

Fiber (grams)

0.43 g

Net carbs

3.08 g

Sugar (grams)

2.43 g

Protein (grams)

6.3 g

Sodium (milligrams)

264.11 mg

Cholesterol (grams)

42.48 mg

The nutritional information is approximate.

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