A tropical complexity of flavors 
that you'll simply adore...

Yields: (10 Poppers)
Prep: 10 mins. | 
Roast: 10 to 15 mins.

Posted: by Sandra


***20 toothpicks, soaked for 30 minutes
***Latex gloves for preparing jalapenos

10 medium jalapeno peppers
--(All of similar size, about 3" long)
1 (8 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, at room temp.
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 (8 oz. can) pineapple tidbits, drained, and squeezed 
--(or crushed pineapple)
2 green onions, finely chopped
10 slices of quality bacon
--(I use Jerry's Meats double-smoked peppered bacon)

Dipping options:
--Store-bought ranch dressing; 
----(or, Sandra's Homemade Ranch Dressing); or
--Sour cream


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.  Prepare a baking sheet lined with foil, with a baking rack on top, and set aside.

Butterfly one side of the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds, ribs, and stems (without cutting through other side of jalapeno flesh - leave some seeds/stems in if you like them spicier).  Cut each piece of bacon in half crosswise. Mix cheeses together in a small bowl, along with the pineapple and green onions. Fill each jalapeno pepper half with cheese mixture. Wrap each jalapeno half with bacon and secure with soaked toothpicks, and place them cheese-filled side up on rack.

Roast poppers in the oven until the bacon is fully cooked, about 10 to 15 minutes (depending on how crispy you like your bacon, and how thick it is to begin with).  Let poppers cool slightly before serving, about 5 minutes.

Note:  You can serve the poppers with a ranch dressing or sour cream, although they're also great as is.

[Don't forget to wash your hands after handling hot peppers even if you used gloves.]


Tip: Cooking these on the grill is another great way to add even more smokiness to your jalapeno poppers.


sandra said...

I just love changing up recipes, and this is definitely one that I'll be making quite often!

Andrea said...

These would be great for the super bowl. thanks for sharing.

sandra said...

Absolutely, Andrea - a perfect match, just be sure to make a ton of them ;)

Carole said...

This is a really yummy one. thanks, Sandra, for linking it in to Food on Friday. Have a great week.

sandra said...

My pleasure, Carole. I've viewed many great chili-type recipes already posted on this Food on Friday series ;) Thank you for allowing us to do so my dear -- You have a fab week as well!!


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