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.
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!