Are you ready for some football? I know my husband is. In fact, he is in the other room eating nachos and shouting at the TV. This time of year means that we spend every weekend at a football game or watching a football game.
I like to serve hand food when we are at home. I love jalapeños. These bites are milder than jalapeños poppers. You can change up the amount of heat by varying the amount of pepper that you add. You can also replace the cheddar cheese with pepper jack if you like more heat. To get this much bacon you would need to fry a pound of bacon. I find it is easier to buy it already cooked on the salad dressing aisle.
You can freeze these for up to a week before frying. Just transfer them to a plastic bag after they are frozen.
Servings: 34-40 pieces
Time: Active: 15 minutes; Freeze: 1 hour; Cook: 10 Minutes; Pops in about 90 minutes
Hardware: A cutting board and knife, a food processor, a silicone spatula, a mixing bowl, food prep gloves, a large plate, 2 bowls, a deep skillet, a large metal slotted spoon, a paper towel covered plate, an oil thermometer
- 1-8oz package cream cheese
- 2 to 4 ounces jalapeños
- 8ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup crumbled bacon
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1-2 cups of oil for frying
- Ranch or blue cheese dressing
- Put the cream cheese out to soften.
- Make sure to wear the gloves and remove the seeds and white ribs from the jalapeños.
- Place the jalapeños into the food processor. Chop them until they are the size of aquarium gravel. Scrape them into the mixing bowl. Repeat with the bacon and the cheese.
- Mix the cream cheese, crumbled bacon, jalapeños, and cheese together.
- Roll the mixture into 2 teaspoons sized balls. If you make them too large then they won’t cook all the way through later. Place the balls in the freezer for at least on hour.
- Put enough oil in the skillet to cover the pops. Pre-heat the oil until it is 350°. You will want to monitor the oil temperature and keep it between 320° and 350°.
- While the oil is heating, place the eggs into one bowl and beat vigorously. Place the crumbs into the other bowl.
- Dip the frozen pops into the egg and then the crumbs. You can dip them twice if you need to make sure the pop is completely encased in crumbs.
- Place the pops in a single layer in the hot oil.
- Allow them to cook until they are golden brown. I find that it is easiest to just cook one and then cut it open. If it is still frozen in the middle, turn the oil down. Use this test pop to gauge cooking time.
- As they finish, place them on the plate to drain. You can place the plate in the oven on the lowest setting to keep them warm.
- Serve right away. Offer your guests ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.