Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe
This cream cheese stuffed jalapenos recipe is my signature
appetizer! It doesn't matter how many I make, every last one of them
- Package of bacon, slices cut in half cross-wise
- Package of cream cheese (8 oz) softened
- 10-12 small jalapenos
- garlic powder
easiest way to cut your bacon strips in half is to do it in the
package. Don't open the bacon, just take a large knife and cut package
in half cross-wise, therefore cutting the bacon strips in half
- Soften cream cheese to room temperature or unwrap, and put in
microwave for 20 seconds. Stir in a full tablespoon of garlic powder.
Make sure you work it into the cream cheese so that it's all garlic
- Rinse the jalapenos, cut top stem off,
then cut in half lengthwise. Use a knife to de-vein and de-seed the
jalapeno. The vein, which is the lighter colored inside part where the
seeds are, is what makes the peppers hot. The more vein you leave, the
hotter the finished product. To get the mildest flavor, take a spoon
and scrape the vein to leave just the darker inside. This sounds time
consuming, but it goes very quickly.*Hint if you
have some kitchen gloves or plastic gloves, you may want to put them on.
If the peppers are really hot, even after washing your hands, the heat
remains on your fingers, and can burn your eyes or any other sensitive
places you touch. If you don't have gloves, use a spoon for the
de-veining and de-seeding, and try to handle the inside of the pepper as
little as possible, while washing hands thoroughly and quickly after
finishing. Whew...that was a long side note!
- Preheat oven to 425.
- I promise that this cream cheese stuffed jalapenos recipe is worth it! Keep going...
easiest way to fill the peppers with the cream cheese is to put the
cream cheese garlic mixture into a quart sized FREEZER ziploc bag and
cut a small corner off (about 1/4 inch) Fill them full but not
overflowing because the mixture expands as it cooks.
- Take the half slices of bacon and wrap around the stuffed pepper. I
like to wrap end-middle-end around it, but you can wrap around the
middle and double over holding the bacon together with a toothpick.
- Place these on a cookie sheet and cook until bacon is done and cream
cheese mixture may be getting a little brown. About 10 minutes, but I
like to look in on them as they're cooking to make sure they're not over
Of all the appetizers I make, these are the first to disappear, and
there are never any left (regardless of how many I make!) This stuffed
jalepenos recipe is well worth the effort!
Outside Grilling Options
cream cheese stuffed jalapenos recipe can also be cooked outside on the
grill! With charcoal or wood, place a piece of foil on the grate
first. On a gas grill, place them on the second cooking rack. Cook
until bacon is done, and they're ready! Delicious
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