Sunday, 27 December 2015

Will's Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Peppers

Looking for a snack food or appetizer a little out of the ordinary? How about an awesome plate of stuffed bacon-wrapped jalapeño peppers and dip?

I don't remember where I got this from, and I know I've adapted the original recipe because, if memory serves me correctly, the original recipe called for a stuffing made of alligator meat, which is somewhat rare in my part of this planet we all share. Anyway, let me show you what I did in my version.

It all begins with the largest jalapeños you can find. Cut them in half lengthways and scoop out the seeds, setting them aside for later use. This time around, I prepared the stuffing by browning some ground turkey meat. Next I threw in a bunch of finely chopped onions. To this concoction I added a generous sprinkling of black pepper, cayenne pepper, and ground garlic powder.

While your oven is preheating at around 375 degrees F, next it's time to heap as much of the meat mixture into the jalapeño boats as will stay in. Now you want to wrap a nice thick slice of your favourite bacon around each stuffed jalapeño in order to hold it all together, using a toothpick to hold the end of the bacon in place throughout the cooking process.

I like a good cast iron pan with raised ribs on the bottom. This allows for the bacon grease to drain away from your stuffed peppers rather than being absorbed by them. I cook them in the oven for 30-40 minutes, turning them a couple times, until the bacon is fully cooked. A few minutes before I'm ready to pull them out of the oven, I like to baste them with a little of my favourite barbecue sauce for that ultimate added touch. In my case it's one of the Bullseye varieties, but ultimately any will do.

The last thing you need is a little bit of dip. For this I begin with all the jalapeño seeds that I had set aside earlier. These are what's going to give your dip a little punch. Add a generous shaking of black and cayenne pepper, stir in some Ranch dressing, and voila; a quick and easy and semi- spicy dip is ready to compliment your stuffed bacon jalapeño peppers.

Do me a favor and drop me a quick comment and let me know what you think of these. I'd especially like to know what other stuffings you might have used. Like I said earlier, the original recipe called for alligator, but the possibilities and variations are endless. You could really experiment and add whatever spices and meat you might like. I've created the same recipe before using canned salmon, and that was really good too. Enjoy!

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