Lamb Poppers

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 25 min
  • Yield: 24 poppers (6 servings)
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Ingredients

Stuffing: 

2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

1/4 cup diced onions

1 pound ground lamb or pork

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Peppers:

12 jalapenos

12 slices bacon

Spiced Aioli, for serving, recipe follows

Spiced Aioli

1 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons roasted garlic

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco

1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground white pepper

Directions

Special equipment:
twenty four 6-inch skewers

Peppers:

For the stuffing: In a saute pan over medium-high heat, add the grapeseed oil and allow to warm. Then add the onions and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Next add the lamb, reduce the heat to medium and sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Cook until the meat is browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Once cooked, add the tomato paste and garlic and finish cooking for 2 minutes, allowing all the flavors to blend. Remove from the pan and allow to cool for stuffing. 

For the peppers: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Preheat a deep-fryer to 400 degrees F. To stuff the peppers, split each pepper lengthwise, stem to tip, and remove all seeds. After removing the seeds, add the cooked lamb to the pepper cavity, about 1 tablespoon per pepper. Repeat the process, stuffing each pepper. To finish, lay the bacon flat on the counter or cutting board and "spread" the bacon with the flat side of a knife, pulling the flat side of the knife along the slice of bacon to thin it and double the length of the slice. Once the bacon has been thinned, slice the bacon in half lengthwise and wrap the peppers with bacon. Secure the ends with skewers. 

After wrapping peppers, bake until the bacon has tightened slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. After cooking, remove from the oven and deep fry for 2 to 3 minutes, crisping the bacon on the exterior. Remove from the fryer and allow excess oil to drain. Serve with Spiced Aioli.

Spiced Aioli

Puree the mayonnaise, roasted garlic, chives, parsley, hot sauce, vinegar, salt and pepper in a food processor. 

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