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Jalapeno Poppers

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 45 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 40 servings
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20 fresh jalapenos, 2 to 3 inches in size

Two 8-ounce packages cream cheese, slightly softened 

1 pound thin (regular) bacon, slices cut in half 


Special equipment:
latex gloves for handling peppers, optional, and 40 toothpicks
  1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet.
  2. If you have them, slip on some latex gloves for the pepper prep. Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise. With a spoon, remove the seeds and white membranes (the source of the heat; leave a little if you like things HOT). Smear cream cheese into each jalapeno half and then wrap with a bacon piece (1/2 slice). Secure by sticking a toothpick through the middle. Place on the rack in the baking sheet.
  3. Bake until the bacon is sizzling and done, 1 hour 15 minutes. Serve immediately, or they're also great at room temperature.