Baked Jalapeño Poppers – The perfect game day appetizer made easier and a little lighter!
So…our hometown team, the New England Patriots, won’t be at the Super Bowl this year. We’re disappointed for sure, but props have to go to the Denver Broncos who played a great game this past weekend! And we’ll still be watching the big game in a few weeks! After all, it’s a great reason to get together with friends, watch some fun television commercials, and eat some great food like these Baked Jalapeño Poppers!
These baked jalapeño poppers are based on an old recipe that my husband Jack used to make – but to make the recipe easier, less messy, and a little healthier – they are baked instead of fried!
We’ve filled fresh jalapeños halves with a delicious and creamy mixture of cream cheese and shredded jalapeño jack cheese that is flavored with cilantro, garlic and onion powders, as well as a pinch of smoked paprika! Then they are topped with panko bread crumbs that have been mixed with garlic and melted butter and baked until golden brown on top and warm and melted on the inside!
As written, these baked jalapeño poppers have a bit of a kick to them, thanks to the Jalapeño jack cheese we’ve used in the recipe. If you’d like to cut back on the heat – simply swap in cheddar cheese for the jalapeño jack for a less intense bite.
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