My Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe Has Evolved
When I first started making these stuffed jalapenos, I had a recipe from somewhere online called Jalapenos Sliders. Well, when I said I was bringing sliders to Thanksgiving, the girls thought I was bringing some kind of hamburger with jalapenos. They were pleasantly surprised when I showed up with these! Now, I make them every year, although the recipe has changed. I had to tweak it to match our tastes. You can tweak it to match yours. It’s okay. The original recipe included a lot more steps and ingredients. I shaved them down to make them Easy-Breezy. Instead of chopping green onions and stirring into Original, I use the Philadelphia Cream Cheese – Chive & Onion. Also, I like to use bacon with no-sugar added, so I usually fry up my own, instead of using bacon bits as the original recipe called for. Use what you like.
Goat cheese is so yummy, I just had to use it once I discovered the taste.
I know everyone is not going to jump at the chance to taste goat cheese. If you don’t try it, you will be missing out on one of the smoothest and most delicious cheeses you’ll ever taste. It is not always easy to find, though. Publix carries a good tasting one and is what I used in the recipe here, but Wal-Mart carries goat cheese in some markets too. I bought some at Winn-Dixie and it was not fit to eat! Just saying, don’t waste your money on it. Whichever brand you get, make sure it is plain. Be careful to watch for honey and fruit added. They won’t taste good on the peppers, I don’t think. If you can’t find or don’t think you can eat goat cheese, use two packages of the Chive & Onion cream cheese. I’ve been using Sargentos Off the Block lately because it seems to be creamier than some of the other shredded brands. However, when I have more gumption, I grate my own from a block. We like sharp cheddar. As far as the smoky spices, I’ve been using McCormick Grill Mates Chipotle & Roasted Garlic a while now. Also, McCormick Mesquite is nice. Choose whichever you have on hand. I like to sprinkle with Smoked Paprika too, if I have it. We love it so I try to keep it on hand.
Stock-up On Gloves
Above all else, wear gloves. I have forgotten to do this and paid a hefty price for it. My hands burned for hours and even into the next day. You may even want to wear eye protection. I wear eyeglasses to see, so I’m already covered on that! 🙂 Plus, it seems that every time my hands are covered in pepper juice, my nose or eyes start itching. It’s easy to remove the gloves or even wash them in soapy water to prevent burning sensation.