Jalapeño Poppers

Story by Natalie
Jalapeño Poppers
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Today is Halloween.

The other night over dinner I mentioned to our four year old son Scout that this day was coming up. He immediately piped up and said, “OH! I remember this day, it’s where we go knock on people’s houses who we don’t know* and they give us candy!” My husband and I looked at each other realizing, it really is a strange tradition. Nevertheless, we still find ways to enjoy the day, no matter how much it goes against every safety talk we’ve ever had.

The best part about this day is not the food. Does a traditional Halloween menu even exist? We get most excited about the costumes. Halloween is one day entirely dedicated to the social acceptance of wearing whatever the heck you want. Secretly, I’ve always wanted to be a sea creature of some sort, but I think I’ll just stick to my mom uniform of leggings and an oversized sweater. Our kids, on the other hand, are fully committed to their alter egos. They might not make complete sense, but in the eyes of two, three and four year olds there is no reason to question. Here are the Modern Proper cast of characters. Scout is a fox pirate, Wallace a (non-fox) pirate, Anders is super cat and sweet Elsa, Little Red Riding Hood.

Jalapeño Poppers

This evening we will be joining millions of others in braving the terrible weather to watch our kids dress up and beg for candy. And when we get home and put our kids to bed we’ll definitely be craving an adult snack that doesn’t come in a wrapper of primary colors. Jalapeño poppers…mmmm. A cute, little, spicy boat filled with cheese and bacon. If you’ve had the pleasure of eating one, you know how delightful they can be. If you haven’t, well you are missing out, but you can change that with this simple recipe. We think they are a perfect combination of ingredients, easy to throw together and an obvious crowd pleaser. Although you don’t actually need a reason to make them, we could certainly offer one, or two, or five. Post trick-or-treating Halloween food, a party appetizer, or football finger food to name a few.

*For the record, “people’s houses who we don’t know” is actually a family member’s reputable neighborhood filled with people that we definitely know.

Jalapeño Poppers

Serves 4

Ingredients

10 fresh jalapenos
8 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
8 oz cream cheese, room temp
4 pieces thick cut bacon, cooked and finely chopped
2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 cup panko

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350° Lightly grease a baking sheet and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the parmesan cheese, cream cheese, crumbled bacon, chives, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Using kitchen gloves or a plastic grocery sack to protect your hands, halve each jalapeño lengthwise. Remove seeds and membranes using a paring knife. Spoon cheese mixture evenly into each jalapeño half.
  4. Melt butter and pour over panko. Toss to coat. Sprinkle evenly over each popper. Place the peppers, cut side up, on a baking sheet and bake on the bottom rack until the cheese has melted, jalapeños have softened and panko is golden brown. About 30 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.