Three-Cheese Jalapeno Poppers


Filled with three kinds of cheeses and extra crispy Panko, these may be the fastest-selling appetizers at your next football party!

Three-Cheese Jalapeno Poppers - These may be the fastest-selling appetizers at your next football party!

Ever since I could remember, I didn’t really like jalapeño poppers. I don’t even know why. I actually love jalapeños but for some reason, the minute someone said “jalapeño poppers”, I was completely turned off.

I do make different variations of jalapeño poppers from time to time for Jason though. He’s a bit of jalapeño popper fiend so every time I tell him I’m going to make it for him, he’s face will just light up.

But oddly enough, these jalapeño poppers actually came together when Jason wasn’t home. See, I had to come up with a game day type appetizer and the first thing that popped into my head was jalapeño poppers. They’re the perfect finger-foods with just enough of a spicy kick. So with that in mind, I decided to bring together 3 types of cheeses and stuff them in a jalapeño, baking them to cheesy goodness perfection and topping them off with toasted Panko bread crumbs for that extra crunch.

I can’t even stand jalapeño poppers but I actually devoured these in an instant! Now maybe next time I can wrap these bad boys in bacon…

Three-Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

These may be the fastest-selling appetizers at your next football party!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Panko*
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 6 jalapeños, halved lengthwise, seeds and membranes removed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Heat olive in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add Panko and cook, stirring, until browned and toasted, about 3 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together cream cheese, cheeses, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Spoon the filling into each jalapeño cavity. Place on prepared baking sheet, cavity side up, and bake until the filling is runny and golden, about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately, sprinkled with toasted Panko.

*Panko is a Japanese-style breadcrumb and can be found in the Asian section of your local grocery store.