Pepper Poppers

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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 8 servings


•1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
•1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
•1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
•6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
•1/4 teaspoon chili powder
•1 pound fresh jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded
•1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
•Daisy Brand Sour Cream, onion dip or ranch salad dressing


•In a large bowl, combine the cheeses, bacon and seasonings; mix well. Spoon about 2 tablespoonfuls into each pepper half. Roll in bread crumbs.
• Place in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 15 minutes for spicy flavor, 25 minutes for medium and 35 minutes for mild. Serve with sour cream, dip or dressing. Yield: about 2 dozen.

Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.


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