Confession. TGIF’s Cream Cheese stuffed Jalapeno Poppers are my most favorite processed food item, and I always have a box sitting in the freezer.
Friends and family who are super close to me know that jalapeno poppers are my biggest weakness, obviously I eat them in moderation.
After poppers, I’d have to say my next 2 favorite processed food items are Deep Foods Potato & Pea Samosas and then Mrs. Smith’s Dutch Crumble Apple Pie which I only bake on special occasions. Okay okay, that’s it! That’s seriously all the bad “processed” food I eat, the rest is usually healthy, or at least anything you can find at Whole Foods.
Whenever my girlfriends come over, I ALWAYS offer them jalapeno poppers with tea… I’m beginning to think it’s just a strategy I use so I can eat them too, and a food lover loves company.
Recently, I had about 10 jalapenos sitting in the refrigerator and it occurred to me to make poppers.
My version is slightly healthier since they are baked, not fried. However, if fat is still a concern, you can use low-fat cream cheese and low-fat cheese, but seriously, live a little and enjoy them just as they are.
Both my husband and I loved these, however my mouth was on F.I.R.E. despite the fact that I can handle spice. The reason being is I used a lot of Indian Red Chili Powder - BIG MISTAKE! Keep in mind that jalapenos are already quite spicy, so I should have used Cayenne Pepper instead which adds a kick, but nothing like omg.my.mouth.is.on.fire. Give these baked poppers a try and let me know what you think.
NUTRITION: Jalapenos are a very good source Vitamin C and a good source of Fiber, Iron, and Vitamin A. Although high in fat, cheese is an excellent source of Protein and Calcium, but should be eaten in moderation. Eggs are a good source of Protein and Vitamin D. The yolks do contain a lot of cholesterol, however the yolk contains tons of nutrients that are good for you. This recipe incorporates 2 egg whites which contain lots of protein, but no fat.
INGREDIENTS (makes 18 poppers) :
- Jalapenos – 9 (sliced in half & deseeded)
- Italian flavored Bread Crumbs – 3/4 cup (you can also use seasoned Panko Bread Crumbs)
- Cayenne Pepper – 1/4 tsp (for the Bread Crumbs)
- Black Pepper – 1/4 tsp (for the Bread Crumbs)
- Garlic Powder – 1/2 tsp (for the Bread Crumbs)
- Salt – 1/4 to 1/2 tsp (for the Bread Crumbs)
- Cream Cheese – 2 ounces (use low-fat if fat is an issue)
- Mexican Blend Cheese – 1/2 cup (use low-fat if fat is an issue)
- Milk 1% Low Fat – 2 to 3 tbsp
- Cayenne Pepper – 1/2 tsp (for cream cheese)
- Garlic Powder - 1/2 tsp (for cream cheese)
- Egg – 1
- Egg White – 2
- White Flour – 1/2 cup
1. Start by pre-heating the oven at 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl, add bread crumbs, 1/2 to 1 tsp of Cayenne Pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Mix. Set aside.
3. In another bowl, add the egg and egg whites. Mix. Set aside.
4. In a plate, add the flour. Set aside.
5. To make the cream cheese filling, add the cream cheese, milk, and cheese to a bowl.
6. Stir until all the ingredients are well-incorporated.
7. Add 1/2 tsp of Cayenne Pepper, or you can omit this completely. Mix.
8. Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise. Deseed them completely, this is where all the heat in the jalapenos lies.
9. Now using a spoon, stuff each half jalapeno with cream cheese.
10. Once completed, dip the jalapeno in flour first. Roll it well to make sure all sides are well-coated. Remove the access flour.
11. Then dip the jalapeno in the egg batter completely.
12. Then roll the jalapeno in the breadcrumbs making sure you get all the sides.
13. Place the popper (cream cheese side up) on a foiled tray.
14. Into the oven for 25-30 minutes. I baked mine for 30, but I suggest checking after 25.
15. This is what you should have… looks soooooooooooooo good. I wasn’t too happy with all the cheese oozing out since I would have preferred the cheese inside, so I suggest checking the poppers after 25 minutes.
16. Serve with ketchup, or any sweet sauce. These babies are SPICY!
TELL ME: What is your favorite “unhealthy processed” food? Have you tried replicating the dish at home?