Jalapeño Popper time!
My garden is busting with Jalapeño peppers right now...they are coming out my ears!
I am not one to really like "spicy food" but my friend Angie is always bringing poppers to our neighborhood block party and I was like "Oh wait I love Angie's poppers! I should make those!" So make them, I did. The great thing about these... While sometimes they have a kick the cream cheese and bacon calm them down.
This one is easy...super easy...like crazy easy!
Start by cutting them in halves...
Then it is time for the hardest part of this whole event. Because this part of the show is "an event". I end up in tears in this part... And gasping for fresh air...and snot that feels like fire on your face...and for the love of God DON'T rub your eyes! Because yes...I have rubbed my eyes. It is darn near tragic when this occurs. Scoop out the guts. The running water helps take the seeds down the sink faster.
And since I love you guys so much here is a tip. ~Whenever you cut anything spicy...onions, peppers whatever... simply rub your hands together with soap and then rub them on the stainless steal faucet...soap and all... then rinse. Something about this takes away the oils and leaves your hands de-spiced...so you can once again rub your eyes without needing to flush them with water.
Now that you no longer has any sinus issues and can breath like you haven't sent the last time you went swimming in the ocean... Onto the cream cheese part.
Throw a whole box of soften cream cheese in a bowl. Add in a good spoonful of your favorite mayo...
Add in one minced garlic clove
I love dill...I have a thing for dill. I add in 1 tablespoon.
Salt...and any good salt addict worth their grain will know that cheap iodized salt is NOT good salt. No sir! That stuff is crap. You aren't living if you haven't discovered that there are about a thousand, if not more, varieties of real natural salts. Real salt. Delicious stuff. I have at least four different types in my cabinet. Some girls collect wine...me? I collect Salt. I pick them up at Whole Foods if you are wondering where one can broaden their salt horizons ;-) I add in a few teaspoons....
Mix that all together and it is time to squish it into the pepper halves.
Bring on the bacon...ok you don't have to add bacon...but it really helps folks like me who aren't so into the spicy.
Put them all on a cookie sheet...
Bake them at 375 degree until that bacon is nice and done...
This is the part where everyone rushes into the kitchen and eat them before I can even get them onto a pretty plate and take a picture...and instead I have to share this picture of the finished product. My kids even love these...poof...GONE.