Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jalapeno Poppers

We got Apps! Put your Iphone away, I'm not talking about those kind of apps.  I'm talking appetizers!....Check out some dialogue from one of my favorite movies.....
Stinky: We got a new bar, little fireplace, menu, apps.
Tommy: Apps?
Stinky: Yeah. Appetizers. We got apps.
Tommy: He's the proprietor. He's got the lingo down.
-Beautiful Girls (1996)
I'm not a proprietor but I love apps!  They are mostly always crunchy, salty, cheesy, spicy or fried.  Sometimes all of the above.  Nachos, Buffalo Wings, Mozzarella Sticks, Potato Skins, Jalapeno Poppers. All apps! All good!
Today we are going to tackle Poppers.  I can't remember the first time I tried them but I remember that I loved them.  I love them filled with cheddar cheese and I love them filled with cream cheese but why pick a favorite?  Let's mix'em up and we'll get the best of both words. When I make poppers I usually stick with cream cheese and mild cheddar. The last time I made them I did a 50/50 mix of mild cheddar and sharp cheddar (I used Cracker Barrel) and I think it made a huge difference.  The sharp cheddar really stood out.

I've read a few recipes for poppers and some suggest cooking the peppers prior to stuffing to soften.  That is up to you. They will be easier to deseed but harder to stuff & coat.  I like a little crunch to the pepper so I keep mine raw before stuffing.
12-15 Jalapenos, seeded* & cut in half, lengthwise
12 oz. whipped cream cheese
1 C. Mild Cheddar Cheese, shredded
1 C. Sharp Cheddar Cheese, shredded
Tabasco (optional)
*Be careful when deseeding the peppers.  Wear gloves or just be sure to avoid eye contact during the deseeding process.

For Dipping
3/4 C. Flour
1 C. Buttermilk
1 1/2 C. Breadcrumbs (Mixture of Seasoned & Panko)

Rinse and dry the peppers.  Cut in half lengthwise & deseed. Set aside.

Mix/blend cream cheese, cheddar cheeses & a few splashes of Tabasco until all ingredients are incorporated.

Spoon a 1-2 teaspoons of cheese mix into each pepper half. If you fill all the peppers and have extra cheese mix feel free to heap on the extra mix. A heaping jalapeno popper is a happy jalapeno popper. 

Place your oil into a pot, frying pan or deep fryer.....whatever you usually fry in.  Heat the oil t300-350ºF 

You will need 3 bowls to start the dipping process. 

Bowl 1 - Flour
Bowl 2 - Buttermilk
Bowl 3 - Breadcrumbs (mix seasoned breadcrumbs & Panko)

Coat the stuffed pepper in the flour, shake off the excess. Dip in buttermilk and finally coat with the breadcrumb mixture.

When oil is heated, place the peppers in the oil and let fry until golden brown, about 1-2 minute per side.

Drain on a baking rack placed over a baking sheet.  It will keep the poppers extra crispy.

Serve with sour cream or ranch dressing.

Stars of the show!
The best of both worlds.
Good enough to eat right now.
Coat in some flour......
Dip in some buttermilk and.......
Finally roll in some breadcrumbs.
Still good enough to eat.
First let's take a swim in some oil.
Fried to golden perfection.
Ready to share with a crowd.
Better take a bite (or two) just to make sure they are OK. 

Now sit back and enjoy your poppers while watching Beautiful Girls.  It's a great movie, good cast, very quotable and hey, they've got Apps!



The Small Boston Kitchen said...

That last picture is so the money shot...look at all that sweet, glorious cheese!

tastytablespoons said...

Thank you! How can you not love melted cream cheese and cheddar?!?

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