Nothing says game day quite like Fried Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers. With this easy to follow recipe, you’ll be making this bar favorite at home in no time.
Oh the Jalapeño Popper. The quintessential tavern food. They are crispy, slightly spicy and loaded with melted cream cheese. They are a staple on just about every bar menu you can imagine and with this recipe, you can make them at home!
Just incase you aren’t sure, jalapeño poppers are, they are jalapeños filled with cheese that are then breaded and fried. I’ve had them filled with everything from cream cheese, to nacho cheese, to mozzarella and goat cheese. By far the most common though, is cream cheese.
Cream cheese is a fabulous filling for poppers because it melts but retains some of its creaminess. The creaminess is the perfect contrast with the crispy breading.
Speaking of breading, some recipes will have you make a wet batter to fry the peppers. I find that a panko breading yields a better crispier result.
First things first, you will need to scoop out the veins and seeds of the jalapeños. This gives you a place to put the cream cheese.
DES’ TIP: The veins and the seeds are where the heat of the jalapeños are. Removing the veins and the seeds will also remove much of the heat from the jalapeños. Use gloves or make sure to wash your hands before touching your eyes.
After you have hallowed out the jalapeños, press softened cream cheese into the center.
Next, you will want to set up an assembly line with a bowl of flour, an egg/milk wash and seasoned panko bread crumbs. Dredge each popper in flour, then dip in the egg and finally press into the panko bread crumbs to coat completely.
Before frying the poppers, you will want to put them in the refrigerator. This gives the cheese a chance to firm up so that less will ooze out when you are cooking them.
Finally, once you’re ready to fry, heat the oil to 350 degrees and fry in batches until golden brown and crispy.
DES’ TIP: The secret to crispy fried food is to not overcrowd the pan. Overcrowding the pan will prevent your food from getting crispy. If your pan isn’t big enough simply fry the food in batches.
After you have fried the peppers, you will need to let them cool slightly. The cheese inside will be very hot.
But totally worth the wait.
If you want to switch things up a bit, you can add different mix-ins to the cream cheese. Bacon is always a good option. As is shredded cheddar cheese, green onions or fresh herbs.
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Note: Post originally published in 2011. It was updated with new photos, tips and nutrition facts in 2020.
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