Taylor’s Jalapeno Poppers
If you own a barbecue joint like I do, you pretty much dream about barbecue in your sleep. Jalapeno poppers are also one of my favorite appetizers, and this recipe is a great way to combine those foods. They’re very popular on the menu at my restaurant. Try your own variation by stuffing the peppers with cooked chicken or beef. —Taylor Hicks, Birmingham, Alabama
- 6 large jalapeno peppers
- Oil for deep-fat frying
- 1 cup refrigerated fully cooked barbecued shredded pork (about 8 ounces)
- 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 3 teaspoons paprika
- 12 ounces beer
- White barbecue sauce, optional
- 1. Cut off stem end of jalapenos. Using the tip of a small knife, remove seeds and membrane. In a large saucepan, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Add jalapenos; cook, uncovered, just until crisp-tender, 2-3 minutes. Remove and immediately drop into ice water. Drain and pat completely dry.
- 2. In an electric skillet or deep fryer, heat oil to 375°. In a small bowl, mix pork, cheese and barbecue sauce; spoon into jalapenos. In another bowl, whisk flour, cornstarch, salt and paprika; stir in beer just until moistened.
- 3. Using tongs, dip stuffed jalapenos into batter; fry in batches until golden brown, 3-4 minutes. Drain on paper towels. If desired, serve with white barbecue sauce.
1 appetizer: 209 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 870mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 10g protein.
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