Special equipment: Special equipment: 40 toothpicks
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with
foil or parchment.
In a large bowl, stir and break down the cream cheese until
smooth. Add the scallions and apples, plus as much salt and freshly ground
black pepper as you like.
Don a pair of plastic gloves so you don't burn your fingers
or your eyes like I did. Slice each jalapeno in half lengthwise, and then
either slice out the membranes or use a measuring spoon to scoop them out.
Discard the seeds.
Either using a teaspoon or a small icing spatula, fill each
jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture; fill until just over the rim of
the jalapeno. Wrap each pepper with a bacon half and secure with a toothpick.
Line up the pop 'ems on the prepared baking sheet and pop into the oven until
bacon has browned on the bottom, about 30 minutes. Allow to cool for about 5
minutes (which will be as long as you can resist them). Enjoy with a cold beer!
Recipe courtesy Aarti Sequeira