Updated: Aug 25
Anything wrapped in bacon is always a huge hit! I mean I don’t know a single person that doesn’t like bacon. My husband thinks that pretty much any dish for any meal would taste better with bacon. That would be something. I can not imagine my stove or oven condition if I cooked that much bacon. But we have bacon pretty much once a week, every week of the year. Every time I see a recipe with bacon I check it out and many times my mom will send me a recipe that has bacon because she knows my hubby is a bacon-aholic.
These jalapenos are wrapped in bacon and stuffed with a cream cheese blend that takes these jalapenos to the next level. I make these at least a dozen times each football season and they are enjoyed by all regardless of how our favorite team is doing that particular day.
1 pound bacon (regular not thick-sliced)
8 ounce block of cream cheese softened to room temperature
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
¼ cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons ranch salad dressing mix
1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
1 Tablespoon Frank’s Red Hot sauce
20 jalapenos seeded and halved (see note below on seeding jalapenos)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with foil and top with the cooling rack (this helps the bacon cook evenly on the bottom)
Cut bacon in half
In a mixing bowl mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, ranch mix, garlic powder, and red hot.
Using a teaspoon, stuff each jalapeno with cream cheese mixture and wrap with one-half slice of bacon.
Place bacon-wrapped jalapenos on prepared cookie sheet and bake until bacon is cooked through and to your liking of crispiness (about 15-20 minutes)
NOTE: When working with raw jalapenos use food-safe gloves to prevent burning your skin with the veins and seeds of the jalapenos. I learned this the hard way, I had a small cut on my finger and the juices from the jalapeno BURNED my finger....hence I now always wear gloves.
First, I cut off the top of the jalapeno. Then I slice them in half horizontally. Then I take a small spoon and scrape out the seeds into the sink, and then you're good to go! Oh, also, be careful of your eyes...I have had the juice of the jalapeno squirt into my eye....talk about pain! My kids thought I was being attacked! It's funny now, but not when it happened!