Tonight’s recipe is a crowd favorite. Whether it is for a few friends when you are hosting a dinner, a pot luck, or just a fun appetizer, it is always a hit!
To be honest, who does not love poppers? The simplicity in making these is well worth the many compliments I receive. The trick is in a balance of flavors and a well cooked pepper.
For this instance, I am making poppers for my Bunco group. A few years ago, a friend asked me to go play Bunco with her. I had no idea what this game was, but I said yes. My littlest guy was 3 months old, and I told her that I would jump out of a plane if it got me out of the house for some grown up time! Two years later, we still play almost every month. If you have never played before, Bunco is a great ladies night! You need 12 players, 3 tables, 12 dice and the ability to count to 21! So easy and yet so fun, this group has saved my sanity more than once.
In our group, we have the same setup each month: one person hosts, everyone brings a dish and their own drinks 🍷. I brought these poppers on my second visit and was moved from the sub list to a regular! The only disappointment was for my poor hubby who was hoping for leftovers 😉
Easy Jalapeno Poppers
- 12 large jalapenos
- 2 blocks of regular cream cheese, softened
- 2 chives
- 2 T bacon bits
Preheat oven to 375* F.
In a medium glass bowl, soften cream cheese in the microwave for 1 minute on 50% power. Slice chives into rounds and add to cream cheese along with bacon bits. Stir together with a spoon until blended.
Cut jalapenos lengthwise and take out ribs and seeds as desired for spiciness (the more you remove, the milder the flavor). Place each half onto a baking sheet. Add a spoonful of filling to each pepper and spread out into the entire shell. Wash your hands VERY WELL after this step and be careful not to touch your face. Take it from experience- it will hurt!
Bake peppers for 15-20 minutes, until peppers have softened and have a little bit of brown on the bottom. Ready to serve for up to 3 hours.
To all of you, good night and good luck! In Bunco and in life, it can all change with one roll of the dice!