Sunday, July 5, 2009

Fourth of July Contribution

This really should be called heart attack in a bite because I truly believe someone could actually have a heart attack after eating this. Its right up there with my bacon wrapped hot dogs. It was the Fourth of July and I wasn't going to show up to a party with some bean dip and a bag of chips. I've got my pride. So, I had to show up with something that was going to have some "wow" to it. This recipe definitely has the "wow" factor and awarded me some pats on the back at the end of the night.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman and my friend Olivia.

Items purchased at YES! Organics and Trader Joes

12 Jalapenos - $4.21 for 12 (paid way too much for these but I was in a bind)
5 oz of goat cheese (I used herb crusted) - $2.49
8 oz of cream cheese - $1.29
12 slices of bacon (strips cut in half) - $4.29 for one package

Preheat oven to 375F.

Rinse jalapenos and dry them. Put on some rubber gloves (this will prevent your hands from burning.) Cut jalapenos in half and remove seeds using a spoon.

Goat cheese and cream cheese should be at room temperature. Mix both cheeses together in a bowl.

Using a butter knife, fill each jalapeno half with the cheese mixture. Wrap each jalapeno with a half strip of bacon. Using toothpicks or half of a short skewer, (I didn't have any toothpicks so I had to cut the short skewers I had in half) pierce through the jalapeno.

Arrange the pieces on a foil covered cookie sheet (please note that the fat in the bacon will cook out so be sure your cookie sheet has sides to catch the fat or you can bake them in a 13x9 pan. If you have a rack to bake it on, that would be best) Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until your bacon has fully browned. I had to bake mine for about 35 minutes for the bacon to be crispy (just the way I like it.)

Allow to cool. Serve with a glass of water.


  1. Those look fantastic! Anything involving bacon is okay in my book :-)

  2. Thanks. When I told the hostess that I was bringing this, she said that I could bring anything that was wrapped in bacon and she would be happy.

  3. Seems like you could adapt a low fat version of that with turkey bacon, low fat cream cheese and goat cheese and adjust the ratio of cream cheese to goat cheese....will definitely have to try this for my folks.

  4. You can absolutely do a low fat version. I will say that I have seen it done with turkey bacon and it didn't crisp up like regular bacon does but it is still pretty good. The recipe from Pioneer Woman uses cream cheese only. Maybe you can try topping it off with bacon bits and use less bacon instead of wrapping it.