6/26/07

Jalapeno Popper Bites

One of my all time favorite foods are Jalapeno Poppers. I love them so much I could eat them for lunch and dinner every single day. However, they are quite expensive. I've made many versions at home over the years... everything from bacon wrapped, to stuffed with cheddar and monterey jack to my favorite; cream cheese. However, I will readily admit that I hate (hate hate hate) breading things. I just don't have the patience, and I hate getting my fingers full of breading. I don't like making poppers, I don't like making onion rings, homemade Orange Chicken (Chinese versions), etc. all because of the breading steps.

Still, when it comes to balancing the cost of the poppers to the task of breading, I admit I end up doing it. I'd say it's a happy medium - I do both equally. Although I love cream cheese stuffed the best, this version is good too as it's still a nice white cheese filling.

Jalapeno Popper Bites


12 large jalapenos, seeded and cut in half

2 c monterey jack cheese, shredded

1 large egg

2 T milk

1 T flour

1 t parmesan, grated

salt and pepper

1 1/2 c bread crumbs, seasoned or unseasoned

vegetable oil/shortening



Wash jalapenos, cut in half, and take out seeds. Stuff each half with grated jack cheese. In shallow bowl, mix flour, egg, Parmesan, milk, salt, and pepper to taste. Place breadcrumbs in flat dish and dip jalapeno in egg mixture and then in breadcrumbs.

Place in freezer for 1/2 hour. Deep fry in hot oil until golden brown.

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