I never thought that one day I will end up as a food blogger (very obvious and general statement), cooking and eating were always different genre for me, but down the years when the two world collides and seamlessly merged into one, I am here sharing my thoughts on food …. food …. and food only. And it would be ironical enough to say that I never had this temperament for cooking, I was never a child prodigy in cooking unlike my cousins and never entered the kitchen in my life till I reached mid twenty’s. But food always attracts me, I love to taste different flavours, was open to experimental and fusion style of cooking, love to explore different cuisines, cultures and traditions always captivates me in its charm.
This taste for different culture usually developed if you are an avid traveller or a voracious reader, a good writer has that magical charm to transport you in a different world, an imaginative mind captures every details and word has that potential power which reincarnates an illusion. And being brought up mainly on classic British fictions of early 18th and 19th century which etched a rosy pictures of life carved out of Regency era or Victorian age, portrayed the hardships of life along with life’s superficial relationships, snobbery of high fashion ball room dances, of sweet romances and deep love weaved beautifully with the romanticism of country side, charm and tranquility of rose scented English gardens, lush meadows, and tall oak trees ……. and deeply immersed in the lives of the characters, I sometimes laughed with them, I cried with them and felt happy and contented like a child when the author chose for a happy ending and if not, it provoked my thoughts and left me unsettled.
I may not remember what happened to these characters, whether Lord Worth lived happily ever after with her lady-love, or what happened to lonely and broken Ursula, but after so many years down the line, I still vividly remember what Lady Beatrice served her guest in the morning, fried bacon with poached eggs along with sausages and some roasted potatoes or tomatoes or smoked salmon and roasted trout for lunch. There first I picked up the word “Bacon”.
I knew it is a cured meat from pork, but I never got the scope to taste it in India, and on my very first step outside my country, when I got a chance to break my fast on crispy fried bacon , I happily dug it with my fork and since then I got hooked on to it. I knew I will love it.
Eggs and bacon now prominently acquired a place in our breakfast table, but this time I thought to wrap it over cheese stuffed jalapeno as inspired from a food show. I love the simplicity of this appetizer, I love, how the mildly spiced jalapeno compliments perfectly the hickory smoked bacon, but you can wrap it over the cheese stuffed dates too.
- Bacon (smoked) : 1 pack
- Jalapenos : 6-8 or more
- Cream cheese : 1 small pack
- Salt and pepper for seasonings (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Wash and slit the jalapeno into halves, scoop out the membranes and seeds with the help of a spoon.
- Stuffed each half of the jalapeno with cream cheese.
- Wrap a slice of bacon snugly around the jalapeno and secure it with a toothpick.
- On an oven proof baking dish or you can use foil too, arrange the bacon and roast it in oven for 20 minutes.
- Served hot with chipotle flavored mayo or any other dipping sauce.
Salt and pepper seasonings are optional, I did not use them.
I love the real flavour of bacon.
There are several variations to this recipe, I have tried it with cheese stuffed dates too and sometimes I do wrap the bacon around the chicken wings too. Use your imaginations.
Always make these in batches and chopped more jalapeno than you thought will actually needed, so go forth and wrap the bacon around jalapeno or stuffed dates or whatever fancy you.
Caution: This is highly addictive and you will love it.
Thanks for reading through my ramblings and have a sunny day