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Monday, May 3, 2010

"Appetizers"-Oven Baked Jalapeno Poppers

I love Jalapeno Poppers!!! The first time, I had them was here in the USA.We were newly married and 'M' took me to this really fancy restaurant....oops I don't remember the restaurants name...thanks to my memory!
So,since then I became a big fan of Jalapeno poppers and eventually learned the recipe and made them myself.
Few months ago, we tried the Jalapeno poppers from 'Chilies'.....and weren't so happy because they came from the freezer and we could smell the 'freezer aroma'. So this time, I did not take any chances and made the Poppers at home....

This recipe....is for 'Oven baked' Poppers, but can easily be used to make the 'fried' kind....if you don't want to sacrifice the outer crunch from frying!
12 Jalapenos
4 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese
1 clove garlic finely minced
1tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 large egg (beaten)
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Oil for drizzle
black pepper

1) Slit the jalapenos length wise and de seed them completely.Wear gloves if you are sensitive.The jalapenos for this recipe should be mildly 'hot'.Of course you wouldn't know that until you give them a taste!

2) Mix together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, cilantro,chili powder, salt, pepper to make the 'filling'. With a small spoon or a piping bag fill the de seeded jalapenos with the filling and press them shut.Or if you like the poppers 'super stuffed'...stuff in some extra filling!

3) Make a assembly -line of flour, egg and bread crumbs.Dip the poppers in flour first, then egg and then bread crumbs to completely coat them.

4) Place them on a greased baking sheet and chill in refrigerator for 30 mins.
5) Pre heat the oven to 350F . Drizzle the poppers with oil to help give 'brown' color and some crunch after baking.Bake for about 15-20 mins or so or until lightly browned.
Note: Some cheese may ooze out if baked longer or at high temperature.

If  Frying= Heat oil in saucepan. Fry the coated chilled poppers 1-2 at a time till golden brown

6) Serve warm either just by themselves or with Ketchup/ marinara sauce.....enjoy the spice from the jalapenos, the tangyness from the cheese and the crunch from the coating! Yumm Yumm yumm!


  1. yummm.....jalapeno poppers! Why is all yummy stuff so sinful?

  2. It's OK to indulge once in a while Anjali! And if it makes you feel any better...they are atleast oven baked...not deep fried!

  3. i generally use monterey jack or pepper jack cheese instead of the cheddar. will try it this way as well

  4. I love pepper jack too...but here I feel it might make the poppers too spicy, if the jalapenos aren't 'mildly hot'.

  5. I tried this recipe tonight for mi 13 years old kid and he loved it!!! Thank you!!