This game day favorite takes on a spooky but cute disguise for Halloween. Instead of getting the breaded-and-fried treatment, the poppers are wrapped in strips of crescent rolls to resemble mummy bandages then baked until golden brown and bubbly. Removing the seeds from the jalapeños tames a lot of the heat, but if you’re craving a spicy kick, you could use pepper jack cheese instead of Cheddar Jack or add chili powder or hot sauce to the filling. These poppers can be assembled ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, just brush with beaten egg and pop them in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment.
Place the bacon in a medium skillet and set over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate. Mix the cooked bacon with the 6 ounces cream cheese, the Cheddar Jack, scallions, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl until well combined.
Fill each jalapeño half with the cream cheese mixture, leveling the surface with the back of a spoon or a small offset spatula so it’s flush with the edges of the jalapeño.
Unroll the crescent rolls onto a cutting board. Separate into 4 rectangles at the perforations. Pinch together the diagonal perforations on each rectangle to seal the holes. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 strips. Wrap each jalapeño half with 2 of the strips to resemble mummy bandages.
Arrange the wrapped jalapeños on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the tops of the strips with the beaten egg. Bake until golden brown and the filling is hot, 13 to 18 minutes.
Meanwhile, transfer the remaining heaping tablespoon cream cheese to a small resealable plastic bag and snip one of the corners. Slice off thin cheeks from all around the outside of each olive and lay the pieces flat. Punch out 40 tiny rounds using a small round piping tip (about 3/16 inch) – these will be the pupils of the eyes.
Let the mummy poppers cool slightly for a few minutes. Pipe 2 small mounds of cream cheese on the head (wider end) of each mummy and press an olive “pupil” onto each mound. Serve right away.
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