This post has been sponsored by Stella® Cheese. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
These baked, stuffed jalapeño poppers—made with rich, tangy blue cheese and crumbly bacon—are everyday gourmet. They’re perfect for an anytime appetizer.
It’s time for jalapeño poppers, my friends. When ISN’T it time for poppers? If there ever was a perfect appetizer-snack ever conceived, it has to be poppers. These particular poppers are a bit different from what you might expect because we’re making them extra special with lots of crumbly bacon and my secret ingredient: blue cheese.
Lucky for me, I’m working with Stella® Blue Cheese.
Stella® Blue Cheese is delectably rich and tangy and when you combine it with bacon and jalapeño peppers, you’re in for a mouthwatering treat. Its semi-soft texture is just right for making jalapeño poppers.
Only the best will do.
Stella® Cheese also makes a wonderful gorgonzola cheese that is earthy, tangy and mellow. Try it with these poppers, too!
We just threw a fiesta-themed party this weekend and served these up at the start of the gathering. I planned for two batches of 20, figuring I would bring them down at intervals.
But when the first tray disappeared in 5 minutes, I found myself rushing back to the kitchen to get the next batch into the oven. Whoa!
They were a huge hit, with many people asking, “What did you put in these? They’re so good!” The secret? Stella® Blue Cheese.
They’re ideal for any party situation where you need a quick and easy appetizer that people are guaranteed to love. Think of these for a game day table, like the Super Bowl, or a flavorful starter to your main course. I would serve these on date night just before, or alongside, the filet mignon or a thick-cut ribeye.
Let’s talk about how we make them, shall we?
Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers Recipe Steps
First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Next, slice jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and core out the innards.
Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon becomes nice and crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels and let the slices cool. Crumble them into a mixing bowl.
Add the cream cheese, Stella® Blue Cheese and garlic powder to the mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
Fill each jalapeño slice with the bacon-blue cheese mixture and set them onto a baking sheet. Usually just a small spoon full of the bacon cheese mixture will do, though it will depend on the size of the jalapeño peppers. Some jalapeño peppers are huge, while some can be quite small. So, please plan accordingly.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until the cheese is nice and melty.
Finally, sprinkle with fresh herbs and spicy chili flakes. This is optional, really, but I love the pop of the fresh herbs with my poppers. I also love a bit of an extra spicy kick from the chili flakes. Any store-bought chili flakes will work just fine. Or, do like I do and dehydrate your own chili peppers. Then, crush them into flakes for sprinkling over just about everything.
Let them cool for 5-10 minutes then serve them up, my friends!
Boom! Done! Super easy to make, right? Definitely a different sort of popper and definitely huge on flavor.
Check out the video in the recipe card to see just how easy they are whip together.
Popper Recipe Tips
I like to slice the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise, then core and fill them to make poppers. It’s more of a boat-style, and it makes the jalapeño poppers more bite-sized for the average eater as well.
However, you can easily slice off the stem and core the jalapeños with a knife or the end of a long spoon, then stuff them with the bacon-blue cheese mixture. They’re just as tasty this way.
As another option, you can also wrap each popper in a slice of bacon, then bake or grill them for 20-30 minutes. Poppers! Everyone LOVES stuffed jalapeño poppers, especially bacon wrapped!
For the seasonings, I kept it very simple and let the flavor of the blue cheese be the highlight—with just a touch of garlic powder. However, other seasoning options to consider are onion powder, red pepper flakes, and a touch of salt and pepper. You might also try a version with Pepper Jack cheese. So good!
That’s it, my friends! Go throw yourself a party just so you can make these. Or, make them ahead and bring them as a surprise to your next gathering. You’ll definitely be the hit of the evening. Just tell them Mike from Chili Pepper Madness sent you! And Stella® Blue Cheese.
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Blue Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers Recipe
- 10 large jalapeño peppers or as many as you can fill
- 6 ounces bacon
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 10 ounces Stella® Blue Cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- FOR SERVING: fresh chopped cilantro, spicy chili flakes
- Slice jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise and core out the innards.
- Cook the bacon in a pan over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon becomes nice and crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels and let them cool. Crumble them into a mixing bowl.
- Add the cream cheese, Stella® Blue Cheese and garlic powder to the mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
- Fill each jalapeño slice with the bacon-blue cheese mixture and set them onto a baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melty.
- Sprinkle with fresh herbs and spicy chili flakes. Serve!