Baked Jalapeño Baby Poppers

It’s official. This are my new favorite snack. Yesterday, I wanted to make a nice appetizer to eat while watching the MTV Movie Awards. My idea? Jalapeño poppers! I only had them a few times before, but I loved the spicy kick they had. After looking through the kitchen, I had all the ingredients-except for the full grown jalapeños. Luckily, we had mini jalapeño slices in a jar. Next obstacle was how to keep the cheese from sliding through the bottom. The answer? Ham! To my surprise, it worked out perfectly. Bite-sized definitely made them easy to handle. We liked them so much, I had to make a second batch. Just a warning though: you will need some water with these!

Baked Jalapeño Baby Poppers 

(Makes 24)

Ingredients: 

24 jalapeño slices, deseeded and the centers cleared out

1 oz cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup shredded provolone cheese (or you’re favorite type of cheese)

1/8 tsp chili powder

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp garlic powder

Panko breadcrumbs

ham (or other meats like bacon would probably taste good too. Or if you don’t want meat, maybe slices of bread?)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cover a baking pan with aluminum foil. Take a slice of ham and top with a jalapeño slice ring. Cut the ham so that it just forms a base around the jalapeño. Continue with the rest of the jalapeño slices, placing each on the baking pan. In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, shredded cheese, chili powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic powder. From here, I just roll the mixture into a cheese ball. Next, stuff and mount each jalapeño ring with the cheese. Sprinkle panko breadcrumbs over top of each popper and then place in the oven for 13 minutes. Enjoy!

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