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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
Having grown up in New England, I did not see my first jalapeno pepper until I graduated from college and moved to Texas. Honestly, I am not sure I had ever eaten a single spicy food for the entire first 18 years of my life. When I got to Texas I was exposed to all sorts of wonderful new foods...some I loved and some I would never eat again if you paid me. My all time favorite new food, though, was the stuffed jalapeno pepper! If you are thinking "oh, I don't like spicy foods" well, these are not TOO spicy! When you make a stuffed jalapeno you have to first take out all the seeds and membranes inside. That is where all the 'heat' really comes from. The jalapeno pepper itself isn't too spicy. Sure, it has a little bit of bite but not eye watering, tongue burning kind of heat. And once you stuff the jalapeno with loads of cream cheese and other fat containing foods the heat gets even more mellow. Dairy is a particularly good way of turning off the 'heat' from your stuffed jalapeno!
I was looking for a stuffed jalapeno recipe that I could bake instead of fry. While I LOVE jalapeno poppers like you get at restaurants, I just wanted something a bit lighter. I do not have a deep fryer and the gigantic mess involved in making stuffed jalapenos that are deep fried is just not something I want to tackle at home. Instead, once I stuffed the jalapeno with filling I gently dipped the top in Panko breadcrumbs. They came out delicious although were a bit too mild even for my liking. If you really like some heat in your stuffed jalapeno and your peppers are not hot enough just add a bit of cayenne pepper to the filling before stuffing. And if you LOVE jalapenos check out these other Jalapeno Pepper Recipes!
PLEASE NOTE: If you have not worked with jalapeno peppers before please be careful! Deseeding them can lead to a bit of eye irritation, skin irritation and God awful pain if you stick your finger in your eye without washing the heck out of it! Wear gloves if you are particularly sensitive to them!
Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 997Total Fat: 73gSaturated Fat: 44gCholesterol: 215mgSodium: 1341mgCarbohydrates: 46gSugar: 10gProtein: 40g
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.