Oh. My. God. I've made stuffed jalapenos before (fried ones) which were great, but nothing like these. These are not much healthier, because they're wrapped in bacon, but I can't handle how delicious they are. If you scrape the jalapenos clean, they won't really be spicy, just a little heat afterwards but definitely not 'burn your mouth run screaming for a glass or five of water'. The trick with these is to grill them slowly. If you try to cook them over the hottest part of the grill, you'll end up with crispy bacon and raw peppers.
I started these out straight on the grill, but then the cheese was oozing a lot so I finished them up on top of foil. I thought making five of these (with large peppers) would be enough for Alex and I (in addition to the gigantic meal we were eating) but when we were done I wished I'd made more. More more more! These are all I can think about today. A friend of mine suggested smoking them next time we use the smoker, and that is something we will absolutely be doing. Bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed, mind-blowing, grilled jalapenos
Recipe from Sandra Lee, kicked up a bit. If you're not into grilling, you can bake these in the oven, I'd say about 15-20 minutes at 350, then you can finish them under the broiler if you want. You could also cook them in the smoker. If you really don't like any heat, you can use small bell peppers instead of jalapenos.
5 large jalapenos (or more if they're smaller)
1/2 c cream cheese
1 c shredded cheddar
1 t salt
pinch of pepper
3/4 t smoked paprika
1 clove garlic, crushed
5 slices bacon
Slice your jalapenos from stem to tip of the pepper. Carefully open the peppers, and scrape out the seeds and white membranes. You might want to wear gloves to do this, spicy pepper hands are not fun. Set the cleaned peppers aside. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic. Stuff each pepper with as much cheese mixture as you can. Wrap each pepper tightly in a slice of bacon, and secure with toothpicks or on a skewer.
Grill on the side of the grill, where it's not too hot, for anywhere from ten to twenty five minutes, depending on how hot the grill is. You can grill them on foil, so you don't ruin your grill grate with cheese. These peppers need slow heat and a little time. Let them cook so that the peppers are cooked.
Serve with homemade ranch recipe, coming soon. Or just eat as is, they're perfect.