I've been known to devour this popular restaurant appetizer by the plateful. Biting into cheesy poppers and having the jalapeno heat explode in my mouth is an experience all its own. Usually, these snacks are made with just bacon and cheese, but I couldn't help adding fresh clams. I've wrapped them in bacon and baked them to perfection. Only 3 grams of carbs will pass your lips with these treats.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place a wire rack inside a sheet pan.
Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Carefully add the clams to the boiling water and cook for 10 seconds. Remove from the boiling water and set aside until cool to the touch. Open, remove the clams from the shells and finely chop. Set aside in a medium bowl.
Add to the same bowl the cream cheese, Cheddar, chili powder, scallions, lemon zest and salt and black pepper to taste, and mix to combine. Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly in the boats of the halved jalapenos. Wrap each jalapeno in a piece of bacon and skewer with toothpicks to keep the bacon secured.
Place the wrapped jalapenos on the wire rack. Bake until the bacon is browned and crisp and the cheese has melted, 15 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before plating and serving. Garnish the platter with lemons.