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A Year of Slow Cooking

Sunday, June 15, 2008

CrockPot Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Day 167.

Happy Father's Day! If you are looking to make dad some awesome manly meat today, I suggest:

and if he's vegetarian...

OR, make him these yummy jalapeño poppers. Because they have cheese and bacon in them, and everyone knows that the way to a man's heart is through cheese and bacon. And since they aren't breaded and deep-fried you can kind of sort of pass them off as health food.

sort of.

The Ingredients.
--10 jalapeños
--1/2 block cream cheese
--1/4 cup sour cream
--1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
--9 pieces of crumbled bacon (I used turkey, but go ahead and use PORK!)
--1/3 cup water

The Directions.

I used a round 4 qt Crock-Pot for this dish.
Okay. I have never before cut up jalapeños. When I used them in the chili and the Korean ribs, they were whole, and when we made cioppino, Adam cut them up.

The food tv people say to use gloves when cutting up jalapeños. LISTEN TO THEM. I was in pain, PAIN, for about 3 hours in all of my fingers. I took Aleve and sat with an icepack for quite a while, I was so very bothered by the juice. Be aware.

I actually just shuddered typing this out, remembering the sting. Please be careful.

Anyhow, wearing gloves, cut the tops off of the jalapeños, and scrape out the membrane and all of the little white seeds with a knife under running water.

In a bowl, mix together your stuffing mixture of cream cheese, parmesan cheese, sour cream, and crumbled bacon.

Fill the empty jalapeño cavities with the stuffing. I used my fingers. You could probably be fancy and pipe it in with a plastic bag, but the fingers worked.

Put the 1/3 cup of water at the bottom of your crockpot, and lay the stuffed jalapenos on top.

Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or on low for 3-4. They are done when the skin of the jalapenos start to wilt and look wrinkly.

Serve hot or at room temperature. I like them best at room temperature.

The Verdict.

These are delicious, and aren't overly spicy---the heat was just right for me. I made them for my brother and his wife, but didn't think to make them until right before we ate dinner. So we had them after dinner and dessert, which is a bit weird. I was too full to enjoy them that night, but adored the leftovers.
which I ate for breakfast.
with coffee.
because I'm a total weird-o.
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Anonymous said...

Besides the gloves my hubby fills the sink with COLD wate & deseeds them in there. It really helps. Love the site.

quinn said...

My mouth is watering! Have I ever mentioned how much I'm enjoying/appreciating your blog?

~Deidra~ said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy it. I posted a link to you on my blog...hope that's okay.

Mom24 said...

Further warning about the jalapenos. I made pico de gallo couple of days ago, and inadvertantly rubbed my eyes, my contacts were ruined. No amount of soaking them would redeem them. I had to pitch the pair. *sigh*

Crockpot Lady said...

Great tip, honeebee!

quinn, thank you!

deidra, thank you---I'm having a lot of fun with this adventure.

mom24, ugh, I have heard that before about the eye-rubbing thing. Scary. I'm such a dork I never realized that "pepper spray" was actually pepper,spray. doy.


MizFit said...

new here. off to read. PRAYING that, since youre a writer, this is making its way to a nf proposal?
ala The Year of Living Biblically?


Jared said...

Looks delicious. Calling it health food may be a stretch, but father's day is about enjoying good food anyway. I'll have to give these a try.

quinn said...

I'm not sure it's proper form to respond directly to another comment on a blog; hope it's okay!

Mizfits, I'm a professional writer and photographer, and I am really curious: what is an "nf proposal"?

I'm going to be wondering about this all's like trying to get a crossword clue :)

Crockpot Lady said...

Quinn, just in case mizfit has gone to bed...
nf is most likely non-fiction. :-)

Jared--yeah, probably not healthy at all, but man they were good!


quinn said...

Thanks, Steph - now *I* can go to bed! ;)

Hippie Housewife said...

This sounds delicious. I love jalapeno poppers. If only I wasn't the only one in this house who did.

Oh well. More for me.

floridagirlinsydney said...

Those look awesome.

kay said...

oh. my. gosh. my hubby ADORES jalapeño poppers!!! he is going to love you for this!! (so will i but not as much as him!)

Rachel R. said...

Yes! Use the gloves! Last time I tried this without gloves, it didn't bother my hands too much. But I rubbed my eye about an hour later and, WOW, DOES. THAT. HURT!!

Anonymous said...

If you don't have any gloves, you can use plastic bags (either ziploc or just plain grocery bags).

I have eczema flair ups on my hands from air conditioning but for some reason jalapeños and other hot peppers don't bother me at all...

I am looking forward to trying this recipe!

Suzanne said...

Oh my goodness I LAUGHED at this...only because I know the pain of which you speak. My experience with jalapeno poppers was similar, only I think it was way longer than 3 hours that I suffered (seemed like forever!). It wasn't just my hands that hurt either. Every part of my body I touched was in pain till I figured out not to touch anything.

I had cut up jalapenos many, many times before and never had that happen. I guess it was the volume of peppers that made the difference. I think I'll be using gloves from now on regardless!

Four in Costa Rica said...

I love poppers! I am excited to try them in the crockpot--sounds delicious.

I recommend serving them with a pepper jelly. Then you get the hot/sweet thing going on ... oh, so good. :)

Anonymous said...

I made these yesterday. I cut the peppers in 1/2 lengthwise though. They were easier to clean and get all of the seeds out. Made easier to stuff also.
I thought that they had to much bacon flavor. I will make them again but only use 1/2 the bacon amount.

Theresa in Mèrida said...

I always forget and stick my fingers in my mouth at some point when I am using chiles. LOL at least I don't pick my nose or rub my eyes...Vinegar and soap works well to get the stuff off your hands. I just asked my husband and we both seed jalapeños the same way.I Cut them in half and run my fingernail along the vein to scoop it out. I love poppers, I think I have some jalapeños or cuaresmas in the vegetable drawer all I need is some cream cheese. I am loving your blog.

Anonymous said...

I saw you on the Rachel Ray show this week, it must have been a rerun. Thank God you were on because with the food prices rising, I have been eating salads alot and using the crock pot a lot.

I love this recipe and it is easier than how I used to do poppers. I tried the recipe today and LOVED it. I am making a Mexican themed meal for my pastor and his family this week, and I hope they enjoy it as much as we did this week.

Thank you for creating this website! :)

Anonymous said...

You can use a small piece of chicken wire formed to fit the pan, fold the corners down to make "legs" and the peppers stand up nicely in the chicken wire. I make these all the time in the oven. I have discovered an easier way. Slice the jalepenos in strips removing the stem and seeds. Cook all the strips with a block of cream cheese and real bacon bits, just stir together till peppers are soft. Can be cooked in frying pan, probably even a crock pot. We eat them alone or on top of potatoes or steak. They are deliciious and easier than stuffing a pepper. If you want to use a whole pepper to stuff, you can buy "deseeders" at kitchen stores or I use a vegetable peeler, just cram it in the pepper and go round and round, rinse out the seeds and veins.

shannon_in_love said...

i made these for thanksgiving...mine were super spicy! i didn't quite like them, but my boyfriend loved them, also i doubled the amount of filling thinking i was using double the amount of peppers, wound up with extra. so i used it in my deviled eggs, it was awesome.

Subvet said...

Been looking for a stuffed jalapeno recipe that would allow me to serve them hot to my church's mens group. We meet at each others houses and using someone else's oven doesn't sit right with me (plus we're normally busy with Scripture readings, etc.). This looks like a real "keeper" that answers the problem!

P.S. Yep, if you play with jalapenos without gloves, you'll know it PDQ!

Robyn Berry said...

If you forget the gloves and your hands are burning from jalepinos.. soak your hands in milk. Sounds weird but it was the only thing that killed the burn for me.

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