Bacon & Four-Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

If you want to deliver a mind-melting appetizer for a party, then making these Jalapeno Poppers is a no-brainer. The challenge with preparing this dish is getting the jalapenos fried.

There are a few things you need to keep in mind.

  • First, you are working with a fryer and that requires caution and awareness. Hot oil is hazardous and must be respected. 
  • Secondly, your frying jalapenos are going to release fumes and they can be strong, so it is important to prepare the inevitable. This means using your cooking fan, opening the window if you can and preparing this dish with as few people around as possible. 
  • Finally, it is critically important that you remember to pierce your jalapenos with a fork before frying them. Jalapenos can have air inside them and if the air becomes super-heated it will want to escape outwards and trust me, no one wants exploding jalapenos leaping from boiling oil! 

With all this being said, why go through the trouble? That is simple, few things can top the size, taste, and flavor of these jalapenos. Trust me when I say that they taste as good as they look in these photos. After preparing these for this recipe, we ate every last one.

Bacon and Four-Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers with Salsa Ranch Dressing

But I digress, let us talk about the filling. Everyone has their own flavor preferences, so I encourage you to experiment, as this part of the recipe has a lot of room for deviation. However, in this case I prepared a cheese and bacon stuffing that creates a fullness of flavors that will make these poppers appeal to as many people as possible, I mean who does not like bacon?!? Finally, I strongly encourage you to dip these in Litehouse® Salsa Ranch dressing as it is the perfect accompaniment to this dish.

If you are preparing this dish for a party of event, you can prepare it the day before and use your oven to heat them to temperature right before serving. This dish is for the bold, the brave and the seeker of the perfect popper, enjoy!

Four-Cheese & Bacon Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Serves 6 | Finish in 2 hours 15 minutes
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Breaded and deep-fried jalapeno poppers stuffed with a creamy blend of four cheeses and bacon.

Ingredients

  • 15-18 fresh jalapenos (depending on size)
  • ½ cup cooked diced bacon
  • 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 4 ounces shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 6 cups vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Litehouse® Freeze Dried Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Litehouse® Greeze Dried Cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Litehouse® Salsa Ranch Dressing for dipping

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a deep fryer or large skillet, heat vegetable oil to 350° F.
  3. Pierce fresh jalapenos near the stem with a fork. Deep-fry jalapenos for 90 seconds or until skin blisters and then place them in a bowl lined with paper towel.  Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and set aside for 3-4 minutes. The steam will help make peeling the jalapenos easier.
  4. Place all the cheeses and spices into a food processor and puree until smooth.  Add bacon and mix to combine, then set aside for use in later steps.
  5. Peel jalapenos by gently removing the skin. Cut jalapenos lengthwise and remove the seeds and white pith. Rinse and dry the inside and outside of the jalapeno.
  6. Using a pastry bag or small spoon, place cheese filling inside jalapenos. Be careful not to overfill jalapenos, as you will need to pinch them closed. Once closed wipe off excess cheese from jalapeno exterior.
  7. Dredge jalapenos in flour, shaking off excess, then dip in egg. Shake off excess egg and roll in breadcrumbs. For extra crunchy breading dip in egg and dip in breadcrumbs a second time.
  8. Deep-fry the breaded jalapenos in hot oil until golden brown and crispy then drain on paper towels. Depending on the size of the jalapenos, you may need to place them in the oven for a short time to heat them all the way through.  (Ideal internal temperature is 165° F).

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