Cheddar Peppers from Sonic Drive-In have always been a weakness of mine. I miss them. I really do. I miss the crunchy breading; I miss the burn-the-roof-of-your-mouth melted cheese; I miss the way you’d take a bit and the jalapeno would come out whole, leaving you with a breading shell filled only with melted cheese. Chase it with a Dt. Vanilla Dr Pepper and you’ve got yourself a delicious fast-food snack, albeit completely NOT gluten-free. So, I’ve been going through withdrawals.
Then, my sister made some jalapeno poppers the other day and everyone raved about them (via text, no less. What torture!). I knew I had to make them for myself.
Don’t they look delish? (And for all you Trim Healthy Mama‘s out there, these are a perfect S snack!)
I googled a lot of recipes and most of them looked the same.
All you need are a few ingredients:
8oz cream cheese (depending on how much you want)
shredded cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon (cut in half)
The construction process is pretty simple as well.
1) Halve your jalapenos, removing seeds
2) Fill with cheddar cheese
3) Cover cheddar cheese with cream cheese
4) Sprinkle with garlic powder (to taste)
5) Wrap with half a bacon piece and secure with a toothpick
See? You really don’t have to do a lot of work!
To bake, place on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
I prefer to line my cookie sheet with foil and place my jalapeno poppers on top of a cooling rack. The cooling rack allows the bacon to get crispy; the foil catches all the bacon grease and makes for easy clean up.
These were so good, I whipped up my own batch in very little time, and made another batch that same afternoon. Perfect for a upcoming tailgate parties, the 4th of July, or that fast-food fix.
My sister also suggest mixing up the cream cheese and cheddar cheese with two chopped green onions, then wrapping in bacon. Definitely on my list to try next time.
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