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Bacon wrapped jalapeno and cheese appetizer

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.

bacon wrapped appetizer
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.

bacon wrapped jalapenos

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 wrapped cheese
If you love or adore bacon like me, you will definitely appreciate it.

Bacon wrapped jalapeno and cheese appetizer
 
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Smoked bacon are wrapped around cream cheese stuffed jalapeno and then roasted in the oven
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Bacon (smoked) : 1 pack
  • Jalapenos : 6-8 or more
  • Cream cheese : 1 small pack
  • Salt and pepper for seasonings (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Wash and slit the jalapeno into halves, scoop out the membranes and seeds with the help of a spoon.
  3. Stuffed each half of the jalapeno with cream cheese.
  4. Wrap a slice of bacon snugly around the jalapeno and secure it with a toothpick.
  5. On an oven proof baking dish or you can use foil too, arrange the bacon and roast it in oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Served hot with chipotle flavored mayo or any other dipping sauce.
Notes
If you want to make it spicy, then leave some of the jalapeno membranes and it will add the spiciness to this appetizer.

Salt and pepper seasonings are optional, I did not use them.

I love the real flavour of bacon.

Variations

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

Sukanya

22 Comments

  • Reply
    Sayantani
    April 17, 2012 at 12:48 am

    ahh perfect elegant starter.

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    Deboshree
    April 17, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Now I know why they call these appetizers. Who is cold enough to allow himself be neutral at such an appetizing sight? 🙂 Awesomeness!

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      April 17, 2012 at 11:49 am

      AGREED Deb, this is so addictive, we always make it in batches just for two of us ..he..he 😀

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    Spandana
    April 17, 2012 at 3:20 am

    These look very delicious!!! Very tempting pics too!!

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      April 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

      Thank you Spandana, hope you will try it sometime

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    Deepa
    April 17, 2012 at 6:04 am

    OMG KI korche?? Eto sundor bhabae present korcho stuffed jalapenos ….lobhoniyo…

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      April 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Thanks sweetie, ur words always brings smile on my face

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    Priya
    April 17, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Looks absolutely marvellous,unfortunately we dont eat bacon:(..

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      April 17, 2012 at 11:46 am

      I can understand even we hooked to this recently

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    Deeps @ Naughty Curry
    April 18, 2012 at 3:17 am

    when i saw that 1st pic, i thought maybe its a restaurant review coz the plating and the dish looks so artistic and proffesional. the pics are just brilliant (love the splash of colour that orange juice and the salad bowl gives).. like u even i dint ventured into cooking till my early 20’s and then there was no looking back 🙂

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      saffronstreaks
      April 20, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Thank you so much Deeps, you made my day, I felt really happy when I saw your comment in the morning. Thanks once again for those sweet words. It was quiet overwhelming.

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    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
    April 18, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I love that these are baked not fried and so ridiculously simple to make, I wish I could make a batch for BREAKFAST!

    I bet many folks will be fixing this recipe very soon Sukanya 🙂

    chow:) Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      April 20, 2012 at 9:26 am

      Thanks Devaki, even when I first tried it, I was overwhelmed by its simplicity and it turned out so good that we cant just stop at one or two, we baked rest of the bacons too !!!

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    Kankana
    April 18, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    That is a great looking dish and just like you, I too started cooking only few years back 🙂
    I love bacon and jalapeno. Have you tried with those colorful small peppers ? That have a slight sweet taste along with the heat and goes perfect in such kind a appetizer.

    • Reply
      saffronstreaks
      April 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Yes.. yes Kankana, those colorful sweet peppers are my fave too, I usually bought the whole packets when I need to prepare appetizer in batches. I even posted one recipe in my blog too.

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    Deepika
    April 20, 2012 at 2:58 am

    What a wonderful combination,looks easy to make. Thanks for this simple recipe and the thoughtful tips,i am looking forward to having guests over to sample this appetizer. 🙂

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      saffronstreaks
      April 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Deepika for trying it out, do let us know ur guest reactions !!!

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