Pimiento Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños with Honey-Glazed Bacon

MAKE JALAPENO POPPERS AT HOME. This recipe was inspired by my mother's signature party appetizer: Jalapeño Poppers. Her husband frequently brings home a crate of this and a bushel of that when his work researching sustainability leads him into the fields with local farmers. My mom's Jalapeño Poppers were born from a bounty of fresh-picked peppers. A variety of local peppers are easy to find this time of year, so feel free to switch them up in this recipe.
By | August 19, 2014

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chopped pimientos (roasted red pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
  • 8 large jalapeños
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Instructions

Makes 8 peppers

  1. Heat oven to 375°.
  2. Combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimientos, and green onion in a large bowl; stir with rubber spatula until thoroughly mixed. Refrigerate while preparing peppers.
  3. Using a paring knife, make 2 cuts forming a "T" by first slicing crosswise ¼-inch below the stem, being careful to leave the stem intact. Then, starting at the center of the crosswise slice, cut lengthwise down to the tip of the pepper.
  4. Carefully open the flaps like a book to expose the interior; remove the core and scrape the inside to remove seeds and ribs. Rinse peppers thoroughly to remove any remaining seeds.
  5. Fill each pepper with 1-2 tablespoons pimiento cheese, depending on size. Wrap bacon tightly around each pepper and bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven, brush generously with honey. Return to oven and bake until bacon is crisping around edges and peppers are soft, 5-10 additional minutes. Let cool. Serve with lime wedges to squeeze over top.

*Notes:

Artisan Cheese Company on Main Street in downtown Sarasota makes the best Pimiento Cheese Spread I've ever had, packaged or otherwise -- not to say my recipe isn’t delicious, but a girl's gotta give credit where credit is due! Stop in and pick up a batch and make this recipe even easier to whip up.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup chopped pimientos (roasted red pepper)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onion
  • 8 large jalapeños
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
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