So, believe it or not, this foodie is actually just not that into Jalapeno poppers. It’s not the poppers’ fault, really. I don’t tend to like jalapenos in general (unless diced tiny in pico de gallo or guacamole). My boyfriend was on a mission to get me to like HIS jalapeno poppers…and he did just that. This is perfect and just in time for regular-season football too!
HIS biggest tip: They were bite-sized, cut in sections going across the pepper, instead of lengthwise, so you can actually pop them into your mouth in one bite. And yes, THAT does make a difference. Something else he does, is soak the sections in milk for about an hour after removing the seeds. This helps with some of the heat that secretes from the pepper. You can go shorter or longer for time and use water in place of milk. Both of these steps are what persuaded this foodie into liking jalapeno poppers.
Recipe for your football cravings. Serves 2-4. 7 jalapeno peppers:
1. Cut jalapeno across in sections about 1/2″ to get approx. 3 pieces out of each pepper.
2. Take out the seeds and membrane.
3. Soak the jalapeno pieces in milk for an hour.
4. Fill a cast iron pan with canola or vegetable oil (our preferred method for frying). We fill it higher than the largest jalapeno popper, so that all of them are submerged in the oil while frying.
5. Prepare dipping stations:
- One for flour (approx. 1 cup).
- One for the egg mixed with milk. *You should have the same amount of volume of milk per the same amount of egg (1 egg).
- One for breadcrumbs (approx. 1 1/2-2 cups). *We prefer to bread things in Panko breadcrumbs over Italian breadcrumbs.
*I suggested that buttermilk could also be used because I know it’s used generally in homemade fried chicken, and so, I liked it for this application as well.
6. Take the pieces out of the milk and stuff them with cream cheese. *You can also use shredded cheddar, but he prefers not to (because of how greasy it can get).
7. Dip it first in flour, then eggs, then breadcrumbs.
8. Fry them on a medium to medium-low heat until golden brown.
Voila! Stay tuned to the blog. I created an “AMPED UP Jalapeno Popper” that I haven’t seen anywhere else based off of combining TWO of our fave football snacks.