June 20, 2013

Crab Stuffed Jalapenos Wrapped in Bacon

On Father's Day, I decided to get together with my smart, beautiful, awesome sister and throw a shin-dig for everyone!  I feel like the past few times I've been to New Jersey, we've had somewhere to go or something to do, and this weekend was no different.  Saturday, Buckster and I drove home to go to my cousin David's graduation party.  With that being said, I haven't been home with the family in a while (meaning, at my mom and dad's house) so I wanted everyone to come over!  I also wanted to do a bunch of finger foods that differ from our regular "spaghetti and chicken cutlets" Sunday meals.  And I wanted to show off a bit ;-)

One of the menu items was these Crab Stuffed Jalapenos.  I had never made them before, but the idea came to me when I was eating a regular order of cream cheese poppers.  Cream cheese poppers are so much better than cheddar poppers - for the record.  With my recipe, though, you don't have to pick... I added both!  If you would like to take it a step further with these, I would skip the bacon, coat them in panko and fry them until crisp!  Either way, here's how you do it...

What You'll Need: 
24 jalapeno peppers, halved
1/4 cup olive oil
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. crab meat (your choice!)
2 tbsp. Old Bay seasoning
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tbsp. garlic powder
Salt and Fresh Cracked Pepper
24 slices bacon, sliced in half (width-wise)



1.)  First, strip the insides of the peppers by taking out the ribs and seeds.  Arrange them on a baking sheet and roll them around in the olive oil.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake in the oven on 350 degrees until the peppers are tender.  You don't want to bite through a hard, raw pepper.  Or -- if you do, don't pre-cook them! :-)

2.)  Combine the next seven ingredients in a large bowl until incorporated thoroughly.  Using a hand-held mixer would be helpful. 

3.)  Fill each pepper with the cream cheese mixture, and then wrap the peppers in the sliced bacon.

4.)  Switch your oven to broil, and let peppers broil until the bacon has crisped and the cream cheese becomes bubbly and gooey.  My favorite thing to dip my poppers in, is a warm tomato marinara sauce.  Try that or a nice creamy ranch! Enjoy!

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