Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

We are into the heart of summer and things are starting to heat up with these savory grilled jalapeno poppers. They serve up a healthy dose of spice but are tolerable with a creamy cheese mixture and sizzling bacon.

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Growing up in Wisconsin, adding spice to any meal involved a dash of black pepper and that’s it. I’ve come a long way over the past 10 years living in California and that includes eating jalapeños! 

I remember the first time we made these I was so nervous to take my first bite in fear that they would be too spicy. Cautiously nibbling that first bite, I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious they were. They only contained a fair amount of heat that just added to the flavor profile. I think I ended up eating half the tray! 

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

gluten & dairy free optional

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium to large jalapeños (halved and de-seeded) 
  • 8oz cream cheese (vegan cream cheese optional) 
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese (vegan cheese optional) 
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika 
  • 16 slices of thin cut bacon, cut in half lengthwise 

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

 Directions:

  1. Cut the stem off the jalapeños. slice into halves. remove the seeds and membrane using a spoon. If you like them extra spicy leave some seeds.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheese, and paprika.  Spoon a small amount of the mixture into the jalapeño halves. 
  3. Wrap the jalapeños with half a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  4. Grill should be set to low/medium heat and place jalapeños cut side up until the bacon begins to crisp. Cook for approximately 4-5 minutes. Be careful of the bacon grease on the grill, you may have to use a piece of tin foil to prevent flare ups. 

Whether you are serving these up as an appetizer or even as a side dish, you’ll want something refreshing to help combat the spice. I love sipping on a crisp Cambria Wines Chardonnay that compliments not only the heat of the jalapeños, but also the rising summer temperatures. 

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

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Written By : Kristin Mansky of Modish & Main

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers