Baked Jalapeño Poppers
This recipe for Oven Baked Jalapeño Poppers has it ALL going on. Spicy cheese, smooth cream cheese, crispy topping, all served up in a jalapeño. And you can make them in your OVEN. Deli or restaurant poppers are deep fat fried and all kinds of tasty, but if you eliminate the breading and bake them, you’ve got a winner of a low carb appetizer. And you don’t HAVE to be someone counting carbs to enjoy them; everyone loves my Oven Baked Jalapeño Poppers. Even my kids, who don’t like spicy things, love these poppers.
Baked Not Fried
It’s true! When you eliminate the frying, you can remove the breading. A typical breading on jalapeno poppers is bread crumbs or even panko, Japanese breadcrumbs. If you don’t deep fat fry them, you don’t need breading. That essential step cuts the carb load right down. To make my poppers crispy but also low carb I top them with a small amount of grated parmesan for the crunch without the breading. Also?? NO DEEP FAT FRYING. Which means no greasy smells lingering in your house. Or dirty oil to discard. Also while fats are good, too much fat is never good.
How hot are Jalapeno Peppers?
The heat in these is variable too. Sometimes we get extremely spicy jalapeños, and they can burn. For the most part, if you clean out the jalapeños and remove the pith and seeds, they lose most, if not all their spice. Even my kids can enjoy them with little to no burn. But like I said sometimes we do get some extra spicy ones, and there doesn’t seem to be a rhyme or reason. If you LOVE heat add more sriracha, or leave in the pith of the peppers, also obviously leave it out if you can’t take the heat. I do urge you to try some because the flavor it imparts is so outstanding!
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
No grill? No problem! Mostly this is an oven variation of my Grilled Jalapeño Poppers from last summer. We loved them so much I had to bring them in once we put away the grill. It was easy to figure out the baking time and temperature, and we’ve been enjoying them ever since. Make a batch and let me know how you like them!?
Change up your Poppers!
Try adding a couple of slices of bacon to the cream cheese mixture. Fry, cool, and crumble right in the cream cheese step. Or add Monterey Jack or Swiss Cheese instead of sharp cheese. Or you could add onion powder or garlic powder instead of the sriracha if you want the flavor but no extra spiciness. There are so many ways to change up your poppers you will never get tired of them. Your family might though, just an FYI.
Look how EASY these are!
Oven Baked Jalapeño Poppers
- 12 jalapeños
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 2 TBSP milk
- 2 TBSP sriracha can leave out if you don't like a lot of heat
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese the crumbly kind
- split the jalapeños and scrape out the seeds and pith and lay them out on a baking sheet
- mix the cream cheese, milk and sriracha (if using) in a mixing bowl
- add the shredded sharp cheddar cheese and stir until combined
- fill the pepper halves with the cream cheese mixture
- pour the parmesan on a saucer, press each pepper, cream cheese side down, in the parmesan cheese
- cover the peppers and refrigerate until ready to cook
- to cook: preheat your oven to 400˚
- Bake in a 400˚ oven for 15 minutes or until peppers are cooked and top is slightly browned and cheese is bubbly
- use rubber gloves if raw jalapeños bother your hands
- if you don't like a LOT of spice leave out the sriracha and add more milk if your mixture is too dry