When I worked at Utah Shakespeare Festival, down in southern Utah, our day off was filled with stunning vistas and strenuous hikes through the canyons and peaks of Zion and Kolob. The fall days were always the best with changing colors, crisp air and views that were truly breath taking. But the fun didn’t stop when the sun set and the Park closed. No, that meant it was time for strawberry margaritas and jalapeno poppers at The Bit and Spur. These poppers are out of this world and unlike any I have ever had, they were baked and tasted so fresh and amazing. Over the years I have been attempting to create my own recipe to feed my poppin’ needs outside of Utah and whenever the fall air turns crisp I prepare these little stunning peppers.
I received some fresh peppers from my good friend Jessica’s garden when we met up on the shore for a beach camping trip…recipes from that trip coming soon! The peppers were a medley from her garden: jalapenos, cherry peppers and serranos..oh my! It created such a beautiful display of color!
This is a easy recipe that is sure to impress. For potlucks really pop by bringing these babies before heating and toss in the oven for 30 minutes and serve!
12 peppers- a medley or just jalapenos will do
5oz of cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup panco bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350, lightly grease rimmed baking pan and set aside.
In a bowl, cream together cream cheese and cheddar and place panco bread crumbs in a seperate shallow bowl.
Carefully, with gloves or baggies over hands, slice peppers length wise and remove all seeds and membranes. If you’re not using gloves be careful as the oil from the peppers will burn something fierce in you get in on any sensitive area of the body.
Stuff pepper halves with cheese mixture and then invert and dip cheese top in panco crumbs to cover. The panco crumbs only grace the top the poppers.
Lay out on lightly greased pan and back in oven until tops are brown and crisp, about 30 minutes.
Serve immediately, with a cold beer or to truly recreate the Bit a Spur- a strawberry margarita!