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Bacon Cheese Poppers

Guests who head straight for a tray of jalapeno poppers will devour this crowd-pleaser just as fast. The blue cheese-flavored filling is wonderful, but it’s the slight crunch from bread crumbs and crumbled bacon that sets them apart from any other version. —Charlene Chambers, Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    about 2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 16 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • Sour cream or ranch salad dressing

Directions

  • Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove seeds; set aside.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cheeses, bacon, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, lemon zest and chili powder. Spoon into pepper halves. Dip tops of stuffed peppers into bread crumbs.
  • Transfer to 2 greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. Serve with sour cream or ranch dressing.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 77 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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