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3 January 2014

Jalapeno poppers are a gift. Ever since I popped my very first popper into my mouth, I knew instantly I was hooked on them. Sure, you can get your jalapeno popper fix in restaurants, but why not make them at home, exactly the way you want them? There are a number of different ways to make jalapeno poppers, including stuffed, boat style, bacon wrapped, breaded, so much more. Here are a few different jalapeno popper preparation and presentation methods you might want to explore.

How to Make Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

You’ll hear this term often when discussing jalapeno poppers – “Stuffed”. I used to find this term amusing because, in reality, aren’t all jalapeno poppers stuffed? The answer is – no, not really. While most jalapeno poppers are stuffed with your chosen deliciousness, jalapeno poppers can be served boat style as well, which isn’t truly stuffed.

Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

So, stuffed realistically refers to the method of coring out the innards of your jalapeno pepper and proceeding without slicing the pepper in half lengthwise, which is what you would do for a boat style jalapeno popper (as shown above). Instead, once the pepper is hollowed out, you can then stuff or fill it with your preferred ingredients, such as cheeses, meats, and more.

How to Make Boat Style Jalapeno Poppers Recipes and Tips

Boat Style Jalapeno Poppers are jalapeno peppers that have been cored and sliced in half lengthwise, then filled with your desired ingredients. Boat style poppers are popular because they allow for smaller, more bite-sized appetizers or servings. They are also very easy to work with.


Boat Style Jalapeno Poppers

Once your peppers are hollowed out and sliced in half, you simply lay them down on a baking sheet, skin sides down, then proceed to scoop your ingredient mixture into the hollowed out “boat”. Then, bake them for about 20-30 minutes, depending on your ingredients, and serve.

I personally enjoy making boat style jalapeno poppers for parties, and especially for people who are newer to the popper experience. Those who shy away from jalapeno poppers usually do so because they feel the popper will be too spicy, but with a smaller boat style jalapeno popper, they’re more likely to give them a try. Beware! Once they do, they’ll be hooked for life.

How to Make Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

A favorite and very traditional way to serve jalapeno poppers is to wrap them in bacon. Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are a flavor powerhouse, and are delicious when either grilled or broiled. The key is to get the bacon close to the heat source so it becomes nice and crisp, which is why baking or broiling work the best.


Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

You can wrap bacon around full or boat style jalapeno poppers. Consider your stuffing ingredients when deciding to wrap your poppers in bacon. Die-hard bacon lovers insist that bacon goes with anything. That may be the case, but there are other considerations, such as calories for health and weight consciousness, or vegetarian diners. Also, bacon tends to take over certain milder flavors, so you may not want to include it.

Still, it is difficult to beat the combination of bacon wrapped around a simple garlic and cream cheese stuffed jalapeno popper. It is one of life’s great rewards.

How to Make Breaded Jalapeno Poppers Recipes and Tips

You’ll often find breaded jalapeno poppers in restaurants. Most people have come to associate jalapeno poppers with those served in restaurants, those heavily breaded or battered poppers stuffed with cream cheese them dropped into a deep fryer. I find nothing wrong with them, but when making them at home, you have a larger range of options available to you. That, and you can cook with fresh ingredients as opposed to ingesting something snatched from a freezer.

Breaded Jalapeno Poppers

Breaded Jalapeno Poppers

With breaded or battered jalapeno poppers, you have the option of frying or baking. Baking will give you a healthier alternative, but frying will typically result in a crispier jalapeno popper, depending on your breading or batter choice.

Jalapeno poppers are traditionally breaded with bread crumbs or some type of batter. There are quite a number of breading variations and some go better with different types of stuffing than others. You can easily mix and match breading or batter styles with recipe variations. You might find a particular flavored beer batter to be more appropriate to your tastes for a recipe that calls for a simple crushed pretzel crusting.

Sometimes you’ll find that you have issues with your breading or batter not sticking to the peppers. The batter might run or the breading might fall off. There are some tricks to help you with this.

  1. If using a batter, dip your peppers first in flour, then into egg, and then into the batter. This will help everything stick.
  2. Make your batter thick. Use more flour and less liquid for your batter and the batter won’t run as much, and it will adhere better to the peppers.
  3. Try the freezer. After you’ve coated your peppers with your breading or batter, set them in the freezer for about 10 minutes to harden up the coating. Then cook as normal.
  4. Frying typically works better with your breading or batter. Baking gives the coating more time to drip down, so that will be a consideration. Frying begins to cook the breading or batter instantly, making it crispier and helping it stick to the pepper.

The choice is yours. Enjoy your poppers!



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