Most of Americans know and like jalapeno poppers, even those who dislike spicy, they would like jalapeno poppers.
My hubby is the first one who introduce me to this finger food. I who love chilli and spicy of cos am willing to try. And, I needn't think twice to not fall in love with this finger food.
What is jalapeno? Jalapeno is mexican type chilli and spicy. Yep, literally so. But don't worry, it is not as spicy as thai chillis. Then, it named jalapeno poppers, because the chilli is filled with cheese and seasonings. Dip it into flour batter and bread crumbs and deep fry it.
Tho it tasted good, do not eat it too much, besides its kinda spicy if you eat it alot, also, it is high cholesterol because of the cheese and deep frying :).
The preparation is easy and didn't take too long time. But, be careful, you need to wear gloves when you removing the chilli's seeds and membranes. The rests are safe prep :).
For the recipe, I used feta cheese with bacon bits for the filling, and flour-brown beer batter. It is really good...
12 piece jalapeno, seeded
2 slices bacon, bits sliced
1/2 package feta cheese
5 tbsps shredded monterey jack cheese
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp tabasco
1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
1/4 tsp cayenne powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
A dash of garlic salt
For dipping batter:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown beer (I used Guiness Stout Beer)
A pinch of salt and black pepper
Rinse the jalapeno, wipe it with paper towel. Cut lengthwise. Remove the seeds and membranes. Leave the stem.
In a small bowl, combine feta cheese, monterey jack cheese, oregano, Italian seasoning, tabasco, cayenne powder, blackepper and garlic salt. Well mixed.
Fry the bacon until crispy. Transfer the bacon into the cheese mixture, fold it until the bacon spread evenly.
Fill the jalapeno with cheese mixture. Do it until all jalapeno filled with cheese mixture.
For the batter: in a bowl, mix all ingredients except bread crumbs. Put the bread crumbs in a separate bowl or plate.
Coat the jalapeno with beer batter until thorougly coated. Roll it into the bread crumbs. Then fry it in a very hot oil until both sides are brown. Once it browned, transfer the jalapeno onto a flat plate covered with paper towel. Let it rest for 1 or 2 minutes to let the paper towel soaked the oil, and to make it crispy. Serve it.