2 Chili Popper Recipes – Grilled & Fried
Just because you have decided to start being healthy with it being January and all 🙂 doesn’t mean that you should be left out of the fun in the kitchen!
This jalapeno chili popper recipe was stumbled upon in My Anosmic Kitchen when we realized while making them that I wont be able to eat them our regular way since I’m officially on a diet that excludes dairy & carbs. Hence those wonderful little one’s wrapped in bacon heaven, stuffed with veggies and grilled to perfection!
The recipe is easy, quick & delicious! Did I say hot? Sorry, they are hot! That’s a must mention for anyone making these for the first time because you can get a bit of a surprise element in the heat there.
If you are having friends over and need to make something snappy that’s also going to serve well then this must be on your mind. It’s a crowd pleaser and everyone will love you for it 🙂
Always De-seed Fresh Poppers To Lesson The Heat!
Every time I eat these I have the same reaction, first bite is so hot and then its more like an easy ride after that. They so good anyway honestly.
Sorry I know this is not a post about chicken drumsticks (although I should they were so divine!) but we were trying to get everything done in one or two goes with the oven. When I say we I mean my daughter who literally made the crumbed poppers and all the stuffed mushrooms that you see here (she definitely should have made more stuffed mushrooms because they went down in seconds) Yes her mushrooms are a lot more than my three jalapeno poppers wrapped in bacon I see that too 🙂
The thing about having adult children who also love to cook and entertain they may learn a lot from you in the kitchen but they sure know how to keep you on your toes irrespective of age. Anyway, the poppers……..
Fried and Grilled Versions of Making Poppers
There are two types of jalapeno poppers recipes here because like most families there is always someone who doesn’t eat something. The crumbed & fried version and the wrapped in bacon & grilled version.
The grilled version is also dairy and carb free so very healthy and those little ones are for me because honestly eating healthy has become a lot more important through the years as opposed to where it ranked on my list 20 years ago. It’s only been 2 weeks since I started so I will keep you informed 🙂
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A Few Suggestions and Tips For You
Type of Jalapeno Poppers That You Should Use?
This is purely a personal choice and I think if you are not someone who wants to spend too much time in the kitchen then you can buy them already bottled and pickled. Or you may just be in a hurry and need them pronto! I know my daughter will not stand and de-seed nor wait for pickling (unless she can collect them from me already done) she would no sooner buy them, stuff them and fry them, done. See the notes for the already bottled version below.
Already Bottled Jalapeno’s
You don’t need to slit open and de-seed them because they are already without seeds.
No need to be concerned about not cutting through them because you won’t be doing that.
All you have to do is drain them (over the colander is fine) while you prep your ingredients and stuff them from the top. Done.
As you can see here we used fresh ones and pickled them ourselves and they were ready overnight to be used the next day in this recipe. I just love the fresh they are so gorgeous.
Be Flexible With The Stuffing
The ingredients used for the grilled version are simply a mix of veggies and bits of chorizo.
If you don’t have chorizo on hand use up some of the bacon instead.
If you don’t eat peppers substitute them with any other vegetable, spinach, spring onion and for some color bits of carrots will do.
And last but not least, as I have always suggested, do your prep! Just do it.
Get the ingredients out, get your chopping board out, get your bowls out and start pouring in the flour in one, breadcrumbs in the other, start beating the egg, just do the preparation it will make it so much easier.
Okay one more last thing…..
I always preach this (yes to my daughter x 2) don’t wait 15 minutes before your guests arrive and think ‘oh I will just quickly do them” No no no, start earlierish….take your time, enjoy the process. These can be served cold with a side dip. They are already hot you don’t need need to serve them hot.
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The Best Jalapeno Chili Popper Recipe Ever!
BEST JALAPENO CHILI POPPER RECIPE EVER
Perfect for an easy serve with a dip on their own because they are quite a statement and also great served with other snacks. Either way, they are easy & quick!
- Jalapeno's (either fresh or pickled/bottled)
- 1 tub smooth cottage cheese (250 grams)
- 250 grams grated cheddar cheese
- 250 grams bacon bits
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup of flour
- 2 cups breadcrumbs
- 3 eggs (beaten)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil for frying
- GRILLED VERSION
- 1/2 finely chopped onion
- 1/2 finely chopped red pepper
- 1/2 finely chopped orange pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped chorizo bits
- couple toothpicks
- Step 1 Using a small knife cut slits into the jalapeno without cutting through the bottom & without cutting off the top and bottom.
- Step 2 Remove the seeds and any liquid inside. Set aside.
- Step 3 Prepare 4 fairly large flat bowls/plates.. For the milk, flour, eggs and breadcrumbs. In that order.
- Step 4 In a separate bowl mix together the cottage cheese, grated cheddar & bacon bits.
- Step 5 Carefully fill each popper getting in a fairly good amount but don’t overfill it or it starts spilling out.
- Step 6 Heat half of the oil in a frying pan.
- Step 7 Now dip each filled popper into the each bowl as you have them in order and fry it for a minute or 2 on each side or until golden brown.
- Step 8 Place them on kitchen towel paper to drip any access oil.
- Step 9 GRILLED VERSION
- Step 10 Mix all the veggie ingredients and fill the popper.
- Step 11 Gently wrap the popper in bacon and secure with a toothpick or 2.
- Step 12 Grill till done or till a nice crisp texture over the bacon.