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Jalapeno Poppers Goes The World

jalapeno poppersI am a spice fiend. I love new hot sauces and peppers. Whenever I bring something spicy to potlucks the spice lovers come together and there is inevitably a lively conversation about where to find the hottest sauces in the city and how far we’ve traveled to get a really good jolt.

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These poppers are pretty hot. The first one I ate certainly packed more of a punch than I was expecting; but if you can hack it, it’s super tasty and the crowds I shared it with agreed that this recipe is a winner. Still, it might be a good idea to put a warning on them for the more sensitive tongues in the room.

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I’ve never done anything crazy like eat a ghost pepper, but I like things hot. A chef once told me that food loses its flavour when it’s too spicy. Now, I think peppers used in the right way can offer both flavour and heat, but sometimes I just like the challenge of eating something off the scale. What do you think? Do you eat spicy food and why?

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Talking about spicy, Five Alarm Funk are an eleven-piece funk band from the fair-weathered Western shores of Canada, namely Vancouver. They really know how to make you sweat with a primal ferocity screaming out of horns, drums and rhythmic guitars. Most of their music is instrumental, but on “We All Scream” they put in some vocals and really show off just how crazy they are. The song might be about ice cream, but it is pure heat.

Jalapeno Poppers Goes The World

Makes 30

  • 15 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeded
  • 8 ounces or 250 grams cream cheese, softened
  • 3 ounces or 90 grams cheddar, shredded (about 1 cup)
  • 3 ounces or 90 grams Parmesan, shredded (about 3/4 cup), divided
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, ground
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1 teaspoons olive oil
  1. Heat the oven to 350˚F (175˚C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. Lay the halved jalapeno peppers on the sheet with insides up and bake for 10 minutes.
  2. Cream together the cream cheese, cheddar, Parmesan, garlic, cumin and cayenne.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir the panko, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese and olive oil together.
  4. When the jalapeno peppers are done in the oven, fill each one with the cheese mixture (using a piping bag works well). Sprinkle the panko mixture over top and lightly press the crumbs into the cheese.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the topping is lightly browned and the cheese is oozy. Transfer to a serving dish, lightly cover with aluminum foil, perforated to let steam escape, and take to the potluck right away.

4 comments on “Jalapeno Poppers Goes The World

  1. Laura
    November 8, 2013

    I can’t wait to try this – a perfect game day snack!

    • kahht
      November 8, 2013

      Oh totally, it goes great with a cold beer.

  2. Alecia
    November 20, 2013

    holy yum – I also can’t wait to try this. My husband and I are all about the spicy stuff 🙂

    • kahht
      November 20, 2013

      Oooooh man, this is so for you then. It’s also fairly easy to whip up. Good luck!

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