If there is one thing we can grow in our garden… it is jalapenos! We grow soooo many that by the end of the summer, I just stop picking them because I have no idea what to do with them and we can only use so many in our salsa. (we are mild/medium people around here, well… except for Spencer who loves stuff Medium/Hot.) They other day our kiddos picked an entire bowl of Jalapenos and they sat in the fridge for a couple days while I wondered what to do – and then it dawned on me: Homemade Jalapeno Poppers!!
I looked up some recipes on-line and found this one from CopyKat Recipes.
I’ll give you the list of Ingredients and a few tips but head over to her site to get all the instructions!
- 30 jalapeno peppers
- 2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, soften to room temperature
- 12 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 quart of oil for frying
I prepped and cleaned the jalapenos. I cut the big ones in half, but the smaller ones I just sliced on one side and cleaned out the insides. I mixed the cheese and cream cheese and stuffed the jalapenos. Stuff them full! If you think you cannot fit anymore — stuff a little more in there! I wish I had a little more filling and the next time I makes these – I am going to “over stuff” them.
I rolled them around in the flour mixture and let them sit for a little bit longer than 10 minutes. DO NOT skip that step!
I love breadcrumbs on stuff so I rolled them around twice and made sure they were good and coated! Some I even sent through three times!
Then fry them up!
I fried all the ones I made (about 3 dozen) and froze some of them for later. We just baked them at 350 for a few minutes. They were still good but when they were fresh out of the oil they were simply amazing!! When I make them again… I will freeze them before frying them up and when we want to make them, I toss them in the oil.