This recipe and photography was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla and discover her recipes at Ravenouskitchen.com.
These porky poppers not only include the pig on the outside, but sausage on the inside. With spice, cheese and bacon, there aren’t many game day bites as popular as these, so make lots. They’ll disappear fast.
The Jalapeño Poppers are stuffed with creamy cheese, sausage and chili powder and wrapped in bacon, the official number one game day ingredient of choice. Assemble them a day ahead them pop in the oven when guests are looking for a cheesy, spicy bite.
It’s that easy: Jalapeños can be small or large, spicy or not. You never know what you’re going to get but they’ll always be delicious. It’s possible to have a really hot one in the mix so warn guests with tender palates.
Once you make this spicy dish, be sure to add some sweet and savory flavors with a few more Big Game-inspired recipes.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Start to finish: 1 hour
Hands on time: 40 minutes
- 12 jalapeños
- 8-oz sausage
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8-oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon chile powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 24 slices bacon
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Halve the jalapeños lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. I use a grapefruit spoon for this, but you can use the edge of a teaspoon or melon baller as well. Set them aside.
- Cook the sausage, crumbling it up well. Drain and cool.
- Combine the sausage, garlic, cream cheese, cheddar, chile powder, salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl and mix well.
- Stuff the jalapeños with the cheese mixture. You may have some leftover if your peppers are small. Reserve in the fridge and use to top baked potatoes or as a filling for grilled cheese.
- Wrap the jalapeños in the bacon and bake on a foil lined sheet pan for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. You might want to broil for a minute or so at the end if the bacon isn’t as crispy as you’d like it to be.
- Serve warm.
Make-ahead: Can be assembled a day ahead and kept refrigerated. Bake as directed.