I’m not going to lie; I don’t actually like jalapeños. But my husband? He loves ’em! Almost as much as he loves bacon and cheese.
So when I saw these Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers in the Five Mary’s Farm cookbook, I knew I had to make them for him. And boy was I right! He says these are the best things I’ve ever made so far. He inhaled four of them within 20 minutes of coming out of the oven, and he’s already asking me to make more.
They aren’t your typical poppers. The filling is crammed full of bacon, green onions, and not one but three cheeses, then topped with smoky, cheesy bread crumbs heated until they are crispy and delicious!
So if you like jalapeño poppers, and you’ve got a game day or a dinner party or just yourself and zero shame, this recipe is a must try! You can take my husband’s word for it!
NOTE: While I might not like jalapeños in particular, the cheesy filling and crunchy topping are fantastic! I just might try making this with sweet peppers next time and see what happens!
TIP: This wasn’t the only Five Mary’s Farm recipe that looked incredible. Consider this a recommendation to buy her cookbook immediately!
Bacon Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers
(Original recipe: Five Mary’s Farms)
4 slices bacon, cooked and finely chopped
1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese, divided
2 TBSP bread crumbs
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 C packed shredded cheddar (or Monterey Jack) cheese
1/2 green onion (white and green parts), finely chopped
6 medium jalapeños
Preheat the oven to 400F.
In a medium bowl, stir together half the Parmesan, bread crumbs, and the paprika. In another bowl, stir together the cream cheese, cheddar, the remaining Parmesan, the chopped bacon, and the green onion until well combined.
Cut the jalapeños in half lengthwise, then use a spoon to scoop out and discard the seeds. Arrange the jalapeño halves on a rimmed baking sheet.
Fill each jalapeño half with some of the cream cheese mixture. Press each filled jalapeño into the bread crumb mixture, pressing the crumbs into the cheese, then return to the baking sheet with the bread crumb mixture facing upward.
Place in the oven and bake until bubbling and golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Turn on the broiler to brown them for several more minutes. Let cool slightly, then serve.