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Simple Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

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Jalapeño poppers are great for essentially any occasion. Whether it's the for the Superbowl or a summer barbecue, they always seem to be a party hit.  Unfortunately, with all of the bacon and fried oil they can be a little labor intensive, and lets be honest, heavy.  I wanted to steer away from all the muss and fuss and come up with a lighter, more fresh version of the classic popper. Check out the recipe below! 

Ingredients

10 jalapeño chiles
1 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 scallions, sliced thin
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
1 large egg yolk
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon ground cumin

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Cut jalapeños in half lengthwise, leaving the stems in tact and removing the seeds and ribs.
  3.  Mix both of the cheeses, cream cheese, scallions cilantro, panko, egg yolk, lime juice,  and cumin, together in bowl until thoroughly combined.
  4. Divide the cheese mixture among jalapeños, pressing into the peppers.
  5. Bake jalapeños until tender and filling is lightly browned, 9 to 14 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes. 
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If you like your poppers a little softer, prior to filling, heat oven to 500 degrees, salt peppers and face down on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Flip the peppers upright and cook for 4 minutes. This will char the peppers nicely, making them softer, and more mouth-melting later on with the cheese.

Source: Yahoo Food  

Source: Yahoo Food  

Because I wanted my peppers to be a lighter option, I chose to keep them fresh for a slight crunch once cooked. Completely up to you! Finish off the poppers with additional toppings like hot sauce, blue cheese, bacon, or honey for extra flavor.