If Peter Piper piped a peck of pepper poppers, How many pepper poppers did Peter Piper pipe?
I know you just tried to say that, I sure did (and said words by accident that I am not proud of).I will tell you, however, that sentence is harder to say than these poppers are to make!
By the way, if you are not one for spice, you can still enjoy these poppers! Soak your processed jalapeños in sprite overnight (just enough to fully submerge peppers). If you just-so-happen to be drinking sprite the next morning though, don't mix up which is which! That wouldn't but funny for you, but I am sure your family would enjoy it.
These are not only much simpler than your traditional wrapped-poppers, but they are also much more delicious! Not to mention, the different take on these peppers create a more sophisticated look that will certainly intrigue your friends at your next game day party. For a larger crowd, I would double the recipe, because these won't last long on the bar. If you are making these for a party, the the spiciness and heaviness of these poppers would pair gorgeously with the refreshing sweetness and sourness of my mango pineapple sherbet.
In fact, I can't think of anything fancier to bring to the Super Bowl.
Yield: 20 peppers
- 10 medium jalapeño peppers
- 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
- 1/4 cup real bacon bits (if you add a little more, I won't tell)
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Hot peppers contain capsicum oil, the main ingredient in pepper spray. Please wash your hands before touching ANYTHING else after cutting your peppers. Anything you touch with the oil on your skin will be contaminated. Above all, do not touch your eyes, skin, mouth, or anything on yourself before washing your hands. Seriously, I have gotten capsicum oil on my face more times than I would like to admit! It will bring a grown man to tears. Speaking of... As my husband could tell you, wash your hands before going to the bathroom as well...
Cut each pepper in half, and remove all seeds and inner membrane. Place in a baking dish large enough that there is no over-lapping, and pour olive oil over the peppers. Place in oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tender. They will get a little char on them, but that is just extra flavor. Do not cook them to the point of curling up, though, because that makes them harder to fill. Here are the before and after images:
The longer you cook your peppers, the less spicy they will be.
In a mixing bowl, mix all of the remaining ingredients well, then scoop mixture into a small zip-lock bag or piping bag. Cut hole no larger than your pepper halves.
After removing peppers from the oven, simply pipe cream cheese mixture into each half, and plate! Personally, I did not like how the peppers looked at this stage, so I lightly pressed the cream cheese on each popper with a fork before serving.
Here is a pin-able photo for Pinterest: