Baked Jalapeño Poppers

in Appetizers

Can we all take a moment to discuss Charlie Sheen? I’m sorry, I know that EVERYBODY is talking about him, but I literally can’t take my eyes away. It’s like watching a car wreck. If the car wreck had tiger blood in it and fire-breathing fists. And was driven by a rockstar from Mars. Cause he’s Winning.

Argghh. Sorry, I can’t resist.

Charlie Sheen is like these poppers. I see the jalapeño and am immediately cautious of it’s spicy nature, and although I realize there are probably better things for me to eat than these gooey, cheesy bites I just can’t stop reaching for another one. And another one. This is all wonderful until I’m so full I have a stomachache. It’s similar to how I feel after spending 30 minutes on Perez Hilton.

My recommendation is that you make these. Then you eat them while reading about the latest Sheen rant. Cause there will definitely be one. Oh, you’d rather watch Discovery Channel instead? Cause you obviously have a brain that isn’t entertained by celebrity train wrecks? Yeah, that’s cool too I guess. Just make sure to stop before you get a stomachache. Unless of course, you can cure it with your brain. Cause you’re not from this terrestrial relm. Cause you’re Winning.

Sorry, last one.

Baked Jalapeño Poppers

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Makes 18 poppers

I used a white cheddar for this recipe, but any kind of cheddar or even monterey jack would be great. Use whichever cheese you like best.

9 Jalapeños

8 oz cream cheese, softened

2 cups grated white cheddar or monterey jack cheese

1 garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon chili powder

Slice each of the jalapeños in half and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.* In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1 1/2 cups of the shredded cheese, garlic and chili powder. Spoon the mixture into the jalapeño halves and arrange on a baking sheet. Sprinkle the poppers with the remaining shredded cheese.

Hint: if you want to prepare these ahead of time, you can refrigerate the poppers for up to 24hrs at this point.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the poppers for about 30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

*The trick to making these spicy or not is all in removing the seeds. If you remove every last jalapeño seed, the poppers will hardly be spicy at all. If you want there to be a little kick, leave a couple seed in each popper. It’s totally up to you.


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Heidi @ Food Doodles March 2, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Wow, those look amazing. I’m really craving some now :D


Carol March 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Yum! I love jalapeno poppers so I will have to try these someday.

As a side note, I’m glad someone else admits to being fascinated with the Charlie Sheen trainwreck. No one else I know wants to admit it but I know they are secretly listening to his interviews!


Caroline March 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

I’m also convinced that everyone is paying attention, even if they won’t admit it. How could you not?


Carrie March 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Like Charlie Sheen I am, “tired of pretending I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars.” And I’m excited to indulge in some jalapeño poppers :)


Angharad March 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Awesome. Love this post and love the look of these poppers! Beauty of a last pic, that is :)


Gin March 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Sadly, Charlie Sheen’s rants remind me of some I’ve heard coming from bi-polar people who are off their meds. Honestly, I think he’s either bi-polar on a manic, or the drugs have finally and seriously damaged his brain. In his mind he sounds “normal”- if you can imagine.

On a more pleasant note, those jalapeno poppers look really good! :) One of my favorite snacks; and this recipe seems so quick and easy. Great for us low-carbers! Thanks for posting!


Jennifer @ Jane Deere March 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Too funny! I’ve been addicted to the train wreck myself. I especially love how he continuously responds to questions regarding his sobriety with “the tests don’t lie.” Right! I mean, you couldn’t possibly get those anywhere with enough money?! Anywho…coming back down from Mars…great recipe!


Jessica @ How Sweet March 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Love that you used white cheddar. Yes please!


sweet road March 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Mmmmm how I love appetizer type foods, especially when cheese is involved!


Joanne March 2, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Yeah…Charlie Sheen is one of those things I can’t look away from. Like a car crash. Or that really awful crude scene in Borat. You know what i mean.

These poppers look definitely delicious. So much cheese. Yum.


Dana March 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

These look like a great snack! Yum yum!


Katrina March 3, 2011 at 4:48 am

I absolutely love jalapeno poppers. These look so darn good.


Nicole March 3, 2011 at 6:31 am

Winning! I’m concerned that these rants have convinced me that he’s actually a very smart person and behind it all, knows what he is doing. I love jalapeno poppers intensely, but I’ve never tried them with cheddar. I need to try these.


Caroline March 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

lol, my husband actually tried to say the same thing! he was trying to tell me that some of his quotes are actually good, but now I just think he’s from Mars too ;)


Aimee March 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

Can’t resist a pepper– and these look so much more tasty- rather than the fried ones.


Renee March 3, 2011 at 11:30 am

Oh, yum. I was thinking about something like this last night. I always buy the terrible frozen ones.

I’m with you! Charlie’s behavior is so revolting… that I simply have to follow him on twitter. :D


Caroline March 4, 2011 at 11:49 am

I burned my mouth on a frozen one and have since sworn them off. These are much better!


Cat March 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I’m following you on my blog cos I love your take on things.

x Cat x

PS p- Can you please tell me where to get the FP badge for foodbuzz. Been accepted but can’t find a link or instructions?


Niki @ World In a Paper Cup March 4, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Those look way better than Charlie does, LOL.


Euniece@innerpeacehealthytreats&runningfeet March 5, 2011 at 6:36 am

beautiful pics of the poppers! they look delicious


Chelsea March 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Hahaha, I totally agree about Charlie Sheen… it’s awful and entertaining. These look so good! Cheese and jalepeno are the best combination. I’m thinking they’ll make a perfect football food :)


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit March 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Charlie Sheen? Bleh. Spoiled brat. These poppers? Yes! Tasty treats! They look wonderful- I’d definitely like to get to know these better. :)


Polly March 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

These look delicious… I too am somewhat OBSESSED with the MaSHEEN!!!!!!!!


Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! March 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm

lol..your Sheen references are pure gold. And these look tasty! And I’m biwinning!


Brandy March 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I made these yummy treats tonight. Hubby and I both loved them. I have a question though, should they be so soft that you cannot easily pick them up? I may have over-cooked them if they are supposed to be a finger food.


Kim March 11, 2011 at 11:11 am

Ooh, this reminds me, it’s time to plant these popper wrappers! Last year we had five bushes full of these babies. I LOVE the heat. Like you I can’t stop popping.


Sara Fitzpatrick September 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

these look yummy! I think to spicy mine up (as I like to breath fire) I will just finely chop a whole jalapeno, seeds and all, and add it to the cheese mixture!


Marshall mathers February 21, 2012 at 5:43 am

Love it. Once I make them I can definately say “winning”


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