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Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

January 19, 2012

Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

I’m a big fan of heat.  Are you?  Do you like things spicy?  I do.  I do. These stuffed jalapenos are a healthier version of the deep fried jalapeno poppers.  They have a wee bit of a bite but nothing to be afraid of.  This recipe is very simple but it does not hold back on taste!

Jalapenos are a medium-sized chili pepper that have a warm, burning sensation when eaten.  Yummy, right?!  Jalapenos are grown mainly in Mexico but are not restricted to that area.  Studies show that jalapeno peppers can provide pain relief for migraine and sinus headaches. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot, is known to inhibit a neuropeptide that plays the key role in brain pain transmitters. Go capsaicin!    Jalapeno peppers are naturally high in vitamins A and C. They help strengthen our blood vessels, which makes them more elastic and better able to adjust to blood pressure fluctuations.   Jalapeno peppers also can make us sweat, which causes fluid loss, temporarily reducing overall blood volume, which in turn will help reduce your blood pressure.  There are so many great reasons to be eating jalapeno peppers these are just a few!

When working with jalapenos, it helps to wear disposable gloves. If you don’t have gloves, coat your hands with some oil before working with the peppers, then once you are done, wash your hands thoroughly with warm soapy water. Do not touch your eyes for several hours after handling the peppers.

Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Ingredients

12 jalapeno peppers*
1/4 cup minced onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3/4 cup cream cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 ounces jack cheese, cut into 2 1/2-inch long batons

*NOTE:  When buying jalapenos for this recipe, if you want mild peppers, look for peppers with smooth skins. Striations tend to indicate that the pepper has been stressed while growing, and that can mean a hotter pepper.

To Prepare

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

You can either slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise or you can slice off the top one-third (lengthwise) of each jalapeno to make a boat shape out of each pepper. The halved jalapenos will go further (twice as many stuffed peppers), but you can put more filling into the boat-shaped peppers. Your choice. If you choose to make the boats, you can mince the tops and add them to the filling if you want some extra heat, or save them for another recipe. Scrape out all the seeds and ribs from each jalapeno with a spoon.

Mix together all the filling ingredients except the jack cheese batons.

Pack the filling into the peppers and nestle a baton of jack cheese onto the filling of each one. Arrange the peppers on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned, and the peppers are cooked.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 12 to 24 servings depending on how you cut the peppers

From Simply Recipes

Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
Baked Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

If you find that the pepper you’ve bit into is just too hot for your tongue, cool it off with sour cream, milk, or cream cheese. That’s the reason why cheese is so often paired with hot chiles. There’s something in the milk protein that lessens the impact of the capsaicin (the molecules that give chilies their heat). Which is one very good reason why stuffed jalapenos are stuffed with cheese, among other things.

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2012 9:34 pm

    Sydney these are incredible. I would go crazy over these. Love the heat.

  2. January 20, 2012 8:07 am

    oh yum, I need to make these tonight!!!!

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