Tis the season of outdoor grilling and get together with friends and family. John and I were invited to a night of games with the Noland’s and in exchange for their superb hospitality of lending their home to game night, we brought something to eat. I had been wanting to make jalapeno poppers, so I searched for a unique recipe that would not only taste great but spark creativity amongst my food-loving friends.
The best thing about getting together like this is that you never know what you’re going to eat (besides what you bring) until you get there. Tomato soup and guacamole and chips were present when we arrive. I assembled the jalapeno poppers at home so I only had to bake them when we got there (and borrow Yvonne’s barbecue sauce because I forgot mine).
The original recipe uses gorgonzola, but I purchased applewood smoked blue cheese instead. Mixing it with cream cheese tames the intense flavor of the blue cheese but adds punch to the cream cheese that would be quite bland on its own.
Use a high-quality bacon for these poppers so that you end up with more meat than fat (and it will curl to the poppers more). It cooks into the peppers, softening them and making everything taste like bacon. Barbecue sauce is drizzled on top to slightly sweeten and tone the heat from the jalapenos.
I must admit that these deliciously spicy snacks were not an original idea. I won’t be posting the recipe because of that, so please visit Foodie Crush to read the recipe and see her beautiful photos.