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tasty tuesday: stuffed jalapeños

April 3, 2012

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i finally got around to trying out one of the green appetizers and it turned out just as yummy as i thought it would :) the best part is that it really wasn’t that hard to make! since i don’t have a grill in my apartment, i baked them in the oven and it worked out just fine.

ingredients:

for stuffed jalapeños:
– 3 slices of bacon
– 6 ounces whipped cream cheese
– 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
– 2 scallions, finely chopped
– juice of 1 lime
– 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
– salt, to taste
– 12-15 medium-sized jalapeños, halved lengthwise, seeds and veins removed

for cilantro sauce:
– 1 bunch cilantro, rinsed clean
– 1/2 cup sour cream
– juice of 2 to 3 limes
– salt, to taste

how to prepare:

** preheat the grill to medium-high heat (in my case, the oven to 400F)

– cook the bacon in a skillet or oven until crispy. let it cool and crumble using a knife or your hands
– mix the bacon, cream cheese, jack cheese, scallions, lime juice, garlic, and salt in a large bowl
– divide the cheese and bacon mixture between each of jalapeño halves, filling each completely
make the cilantro sauce: cut the majority of the stem off the cilantro. (some stem is fine and will enhance the flavor.) place the rest of the bundle in a small food processor with the sour cream, lime juice and salt until well combined. set aside
– place the pepper on a lightly oiled grill (a grill pan or grill stone will work, too). cover and grill the peppers 7-9 minutes until the bottom has browned and the cheese has melted
– if desired, use a small kitchen torch to lightly brown the top of the jalapeños. arrange the jalapeños on a platter with the cilantro sauce

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