Apparently, there’s some big sports ball game going on this Sunday. Know anything about it?
Okay, I kid, I kid … I do know that this Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday. And while I’ll most likely be tuning in, it will be for the commercials … the outcome of the game really doesn’t matter to me. The other reason I’ll be tuning in this Sunday? Why, Super Bowl snacks, of course!
An unofficial holiday of tens of millions of Americans, the Super Bowl gives us license to indulge in not-so-healthy eats and drinks … and I plan on doing just that with my Southern jalapeno poppers!
Spicy jalapenos stuffed to the gills with ooey, gooey pimento cheese, wrapped with copious amounts of bacon, dusted with a delicious mix of brown sugar and barbeque seasoning, and then roasted to perfection — my Southern jalapeno poppers will help you easily score a first down with all your Super Bowl party guests!
Southern Jalapeno Poppers
- 10 medium jalapeno peppers
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups prepared pimento cheese
- 10 slices applewood-smoked bacon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon barbeque seasoning
1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Wearing disposable gloves, cut each jalapeno in half down the length of the pepper. Remove the seeds and the white membrane from each of the jalapeno halves.
3. Stuff each jalapeno half with pimento cheese, mounding the cheese slightly above the rim of the pepper.
4. Cut each piece of bacon in half, lengthwise, to create two long slices. Wrap one slice of bacon around each jalapeno half, overlapping the bacon so that most of the pimento cheese is covered. Secure with a toothpick, if needed.
5. Place the stuffed and wrapped jalapeno halves on the baking sheet.
6. Mix together the brown sugar and barbeque spice; sprinkle evenly over the jalapenos.
7. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked and crisp. Remove from the oven, and allow to stand at least five minutes to cool.
Notes: The amount of pimento cheese needed will vary based on the size of your jalapenos. Also, you may feel as if you’re wrapping too much bacon around each jalapeno half, but trust me, it will be fine as the bacon will shrink as it cooks.