I can make that snack in 5 ingredients

This month one of my uncles turned 60 and we decided to get together to throw him a party at my family's new favorite local hangout - Coaches Pub 'N' Grill. We reserved a three seasons-type room and brought a bunch of snacks to pass. Since I haven't really cooked in a while I wanted to try something a little different.

Last month, I saw a recipe in one of my magazines for hot poppers. Normally, I would think this recipe would be a little hard to make but the magazine clearly showed that it was pretty easy, so I gave it a try!

Hot Poppers
via Woman's Day Magazine - Feb '12

4 oz Neufchatel cream cheese - room temperature
2 oz extra sharp cheddar - finely shredded
12 small jalapenos
2 large eggs
3/4 cup fine cornmeal
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • Cut the jalapenos in half, lengthwise. Remove and discard the seeds.
  • In a medium bowl, combine both cheeses and then spoon into a resealable plastic bag. Snip off one corner (you are making a piping bag).
  • Pipe cheese mixture into the pepper halves.
  • In a second bowl, beat the egg whites until frothy.
  • Place cornmeal in a shallow bowl.
  • Dip each pepper half in the egg whites and then into the cornmeal turning and pressing gently.
  • Place the peppers cheese-side up on the baking sheet.
  • Bake until the peppers are just tender and the cornmeal is golden and crisp, about 12 - 15 min. 
My husband doesn't like sharp cheddar cheese so I went for a mild cheddar. I also substituted the Neufchatel for regular cream cheese. Overall, my family really liked these and I didn't have any leftover - and that's a true test!

1 comment:

  1. Yummy! For those who don't like it hot there is now a Jalapeno called "Fooled You Jalapeno Hybrid". Great Jalapeno taste without the heat.