Friday, February 8, 2008

Jalapeno Poppers!

At every winter holiday I am always asked to make my world famous Jalapeno Poppers and Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce! I love these and eat most of them before I get to the party! I am willing to share this recipe with you under one have to make them! Here it is:

When preparing this snack, you will want to wear latex gloves because the jalapeno juices and seeds can irritate the skin and eyes!

Jalapeno Poppers
2 qt canola oil or Crisco
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup of beer (not dark)
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
16 fresh jalapeno peppers - slit lengthwise down one side to create a pocket and remove the seeds if desired
4 oz cream cheese, or grated cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese (my secret is garden vegetable flavored cream cheese)
Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce (recipe below) or cream cheese

In a deep fryer or medium stockpot, heat oil to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with paper towels to set poppers to drain oil.

To make the batter, combine flour, beer, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Wisk to combine, set aside.

Stuff each jalapeno with 1/4 oz of cheese of your choice mentioned above. Working in batches, dip jalapeno into the batter, turn to coat, and drop into the fryer until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.

Transfer to prepared baking sheet with paper towels to drain.

Serve immediately with sour cream or blue-cheese dipping sauce.

Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce
2 oz crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
Juice of a 1/4 lemon to taste
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Stir all ingredients in a small bowl.

Take a deep breath and ...bite!

If there is someone you need to get back at...give them one that still has the seeds in it!


Suzanne said...

Oooh, sounds totally YUMMY! Even the one with the seeds! LOL LOVE spicy stuff. Good tip about wearing gloves. :-)

Colleen said...

See Suzanne, I knew you would love these