Now I know some people get really fancy with their poppers – with breading and bacon and the whole nine yards.
Personally – I really love them that way, but just can’t justify the time or extra calories several times a week.
So we’ve come up with a much simpler version that allows us to each poppers 3 or 4 nights a week – which is a very happy thing!
We wash the jalapeno peppers, cut off the stem end, and slice them lengthwise. Then we use a metal measuring spoon to dig out the seeds and fill the cavity with cream cheese.
We put them on a foil lined baking sheet and bake them at 350 for about 30 minutes. When they are soft and the cream cheese is brown and bubbly – we just put the entire pan in the middle of the table and feast!
And I do mean feast! It’s every man, woman and child for themselves! We call it the “popper roulette” because you never know whether the one you choose is going to be a hot one.
Every once in a while the chef may leave a popper with the seeds and membranes in it so that one unsuspecting victim will get a a real kick! 🙂
As we shoveled them in tonight, Dagmar wondered if there were any other crazy families out there who sit at the supper table and pop poppers like candy?
I sure hope so! It’s one very tasty family tradition!