I was in charge of the poppers, and after searching a few recipes online, I decided to do my own thing. We had some leftover whipped chive cream cheese in the fridge, so I made sure to use that up in my recipe.
Jalapeno Poppers with Chive Cream Cheese
Yields: 11 poppers
-8 oz. jalapeno peppers
-6 oz. Philadelphia Whipped Chive Cream Cheese
-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
-Salt and black pepper, to taste
-3/4 cup milk
-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
-2 quarts canola oil for frying
1.) Cut the stems off of the jalapeno peppers. Carefully, hollow out the middle of the peppers with a small knife, removing all of the seeds and "veins."
2.) In a small bowl, mix the cream cheese and cheddar cheese together. Season lightly with salt and black pepper. Using a small teaspoon, spoon this mixture into the hollowed out peppers, pushing down to ensure the entire pepper is filled (I used my finger to push the mixture down into the pepper).
3.) Put the milk and flour into two separate shallow bowls. Dip the stuffed jalapenos first into the milk, then the flour, making sure the jalapenos are well coated with each. Allow the jalapenos to dry for 10 minutes in the fridge.
4.) Dip the jalapenos in the milk again and roll them through the breadcrumbs. Allow them to dry, then repeat to ensure the entire surface is coated.
5.) In a large pot on the stove, heat the oil to 365 degrees. Deep fry the coated jalapenos for about 2 to 3 minutes each, or until golden brown. Remove and let drain on a paper towel.
The end result were spicy, indulgent jalapeno poppers. The peppers themselves remained slightly crunchy while the warm, gooey cheese provided a punch of fantastic flavor.
Oh, and one of the other items we fried on Sunday were Oreos...you know, just to wash down our jalapeno poppers with. Basically, all we did was dip the Oreos in pancake batter and fried them, then served them with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
Sunday wasn't the healthiest day of my life, but the calories were well worth it.
What's your favorite kind of fried food?