Recipe Rescue: Jalapeno Poppers

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Football season means appetizers galore. Get your next viewing party "popping" with these flavor-packed, crunchy Bacon & Cheese Jalapeno Poppers! (Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable PDF version of the recipe!)

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Ingredients:
  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Cream cheese
  • Egg
  • Breading
  • Wrapped in bacon
  • Deep-fried in oil!

Changes Made:

  • Jalapeno peppers
  • Cream cheese: Used fat-free (fat-free works well in baked recipes), also added low-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • Egg: Used egg substitute
  • Breading: Used seasoned panko (coarse) breadcrumbs
  • Wrapped in bacon: Incorporated bacon bits into filling
  • Deep-fried in oil! Baked in hot oven to eliminate excess fat and calories from oil absorption

Nutrition Facts Face-Off!

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Bacon & Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers (Printable PDF Version)

Makes twenty poppers

Ingredients

  • 10 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed
  • ½ cup fat-free cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup real bacon bits
  • 1/3 cup egg substitute
  • ½ cup seasoned panko breadcrumbs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cream cheese with shredded cheddar cheese. Evenly spoon and spread mixture into pepper halves (about 1 tablespoon per pepper half).
  3. Place egg substitute in another wide bowl. Carefully coat pepper halves with egg substitute, then roll both sides in breadcrumbs. Place on baking sheet, filling side up.
  4. Bake until peppers are golden, about 30 - 35 minutes, then broil for 1-2 minutes until crisped on top.

Today's post was written by Leia Kedem. Leia Kedem, MS, RD, is a registered dietitian and Nutrition & Wellness Educator covering Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Counties. She appears weekly on WCIA-3/WCIX-49 and is a biweekly contributor to the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette. She also maintains Facebook and Twitter accounts where she regularly posts health tips and answers nutrition questions for free.