If there is one thing that drives me absolutely crazy when using a recipe from a blog, Pinterest, i.e., it is when there is an overload of text and pictures before you finally scroll to find the actual ingredients and recipe! I will save you some scrolling time by giving you the recipe first and save commentary and pictures for after the recipe. That being said, please read the pointers before making the actual recipe!
**Please note: this is a mild dish that is full of flavor! The fat from the bacon and cheese takes the spicy heat out of the jalapeno. Please take caution when biting into them when they come out of the oven, as they can burn your mouth!
- 9 Large jalapenos peppers, halved and seeded
- 11 oz of PHILADELPHIA Spicy Jalapeno Cream Cheese (1.5 of the 7.5 oz tubs)
- 1 cup of Colby Jack shredded cheese or cheddar
- 18 slices of Oscar Meyer Bacon (Mega pack)
- Nitral/disposable gloves for handling jalapenos
- Adjust rack to top of the oven or so it is near the broiler coils. Pre-heat oven to 425° F
- Place foil in a shallow baking sheet(s). Place wire baking racks on top of foil/paper.
- Wearing gloves, cut the tops of the jalapenos, cut them in half and remove seeds. Wash, and set aside to air dry.
- Add the 18 strips of bacon on racks. (I had to use more than one cookie sheet and bake for 8-9 minutes.
- Remove bacon from oven and set aside to cool.
- While bacon is cooling mix cheeses together in a small bowl. Using gloves again, stuff the jalapenos with the cheese.
- Wrap the cooled bacon around the jalapeno so that the ends are wrapped under the pepper. This prevents the bacon from coming loose. If you like, you can use toothpicks to hold in place.
- Bake on a foiled cookie sheet with racks, 20-25 minutes depending on how crispy you like your bacon.
Many of you may question the use of gloves when handling the jalapenos. Trust me, I found out the hard way. There is a temporary condition called “Jalapeno hands” which gives you temporary chemical type burns. Stay tuned for my next blog regarding this uncomfortable and thankfully temporary condition.