Fried Kicked Up Jalapeno Poppers

Total Time:
35 min
25 min
10 min

12 fried peppers


In a deep-fryer or heavy-bottomed stock pot add enough oil to come 1/3 of the way up the sides of the pan. Heat oil to 370 degrees F over medium heat.

Cut a slit lengthwise in each pepper down 1 side to create a pocket. Leave stem intact and remove seeds if desired.

Combine cream cheese, Monterey Jack, crumbled bacon, and Essence. Place mixture in a zip-top plastic bag or large piping bag. (If using a zip-top plastic bag, cut and remove 1 corner of the bag, large enough so that the bacon will squeeze through.) Squeeze mixture to the bottom of the bag and fill each pepper with as much of the cream cheese mixture as will fit. Press slit edges of the pepper together to seal.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup flour, milk and egg. Place remaining 3 tablespoons flour, panko crumbs, and 1/2 teaspoon of Essence in a shallow bowl or plate, and stir to combine.

Working in batches, dip stuffed jalapenos into the milk batter and then roll in the panko mixture, pressing to coat.

Working in batches, if necessary, gently place jalapenos in preheated oil and fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the oil and drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Cool slightly before serving, as the cheese is extremely hot.

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You all need to realize that the jalapeno's are waxed. . Batter will not stick. You need to take a wire scrungee and take off most of the wax. This will help the batter to stick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG!!! This is fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this recipe is awesome!!! -M.Vega item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't cooked mine yet but I took a little from everyone who had a valid point. Right now they're in the freezer. First I mixed the cooked bacon, cream cheese, and cream cheese based crab dip. Next I did the ole' get your hands in there. Stuff the jalapenos (with my hands) dip them in some all purpose batter, then dip them in panko. Can't wait for the Super Bowl tomorrow. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these the 1st time and they were awesome but the breadcrumbs fell off. Friend of mine told me to freeze them before frying. It worked!! They were crisp and delish..great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe at work. Multipied it by 5 and made 73 poppers. Everyone loved them, especially the batter they were fried in! No problem getting it to stick to the peppers. It was nice and thick. These were epic!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The poppers were delicious I added some red onion and mild cheddar cheese to mine but the coating would NOT stick to the outside. Anyone have this same problem or any suggestions to make the coating stick. I had one big sticky mess. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Liked the recipe, made my own small changes, (no bacon, no essence) Pleased with the flavor and I make these about once a month. My issues are in trying to get the breading to stick and trying to get a crisp,golden crust in the oven. I've tried a little nonstick spray on them and it still just yields a dry, fall apart coating. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've noticed Null knocks all of Emeril.s recipes.if you don't like him why in the world do you try his recipes.I can't help but think you've had a problem with one of his recipes.and now are on a vendetta,get a life you jerk.Now for my review,I liked these,abit hot for the wife,over all I'll be making them as soon as they are avalible again this summer.Happy Grilling item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were great, I made them at our fish fry party this weekend. I figured while we had 2 huge pots of oil out, let's fry all we can. These were admittedly a little time consuming, but I did them in stages so most of the work was done ahead of time. I stuffed them early in the day and kept them in the fridge; I think this helps keep them together. You have to be gentle when rolling them in the panko. The finished product was really pretty and tasty, and people were really impressed by them. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew my own jalapenos, and the coating still slides off like it is coated with Rain-X. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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