Now that’s a mouthful. A heavenly cheese stuffed mouthful of bacon and jalapeño.
From pumpkin cheesecake to spicy stuffed jalapeños. My mind is everywhere this week. Just roll with the recipe randomness. These jalapeños you see today? They’re just another football appetizer to add to your rotation this year.
About to sit down to watch the Raven’s game two weeks ago, my husband (!!!) and I stood in front of the open fridge deciding what to make. Besides butter, leftovers, eggs, condiments, more condiments, so many condiments, and beer (desperately needed to go shopping) Kevin spotted three jalapeños. I spotted cream cheese. He spotted bacon. Wham, bam, three stuffed jalapeños, thank you ma’am.
Necessity hunger is the mother of invention.
Today’s recipe is an adaption of a crowd-pleasing appetizer I’ve made quite a few times before. I typically follow this Philadelphia cream cheese recipe to a T and yes, it is so good. But this time, I added shredded cheese, garlic, and flavorful smoked paprika. Lots of bold, spicy flavors here.
Since I could only make three, I went to the store the next day at 7am and bought 15 jalapeños like a weirdo. Went home, made these, shot these, and ate these with dinner. I was wiping tears from my eyes after eating 2 of them. They’re so good, I cried.
KIDDING. They’re real spicy. Tear-jerking heat.
These are easy, just as all football party food should be. It’s a simple mix of cream cheese, garlic, shredded cheese, and smoked paprika stuffed into sliced jalapeños. I like to remove all the seeds when I’m making stuffed jalapeños since they carry a lot of heat. Don’t fret– these are still plenty spicy without the seeds.
Do not touch your eyes during this process. Please don’t.
Wrap the stuffed jalapeños up with bacon, bake until the bacon is crisp, and serve. These jalapeños are a great make-ahead option, too. If you’re tailgating in the morning or hosting guests and don’t have time to prep that day – you can assemble the stuffed jalapeños the day before and bake right before serving.
The smoked paprika gives the creamy, cheesy stuffing so much flavor. I didn’t use it the first night I made these, and we both liked the 2nd batch much better.
These are AWESOME. The heat is on!
PS: Dairy cools your tongue down after eating something spicy, so serving this cookie dough ice cream pie to guests afterward is just plain genius.
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If you like spicy, you will love these! Halved jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese, shredded cheese, paprika, and garlic and wrapped up with crispy bacon. Absolutely incredible!
Adapted from Philadelphia Cream Cheese
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Also for game day: these Loaded Sweet Potato Skins!
And, of course, My Favorite (lightened-up) Pepperoni Pizza Dip!
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