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These are great because they are finger food. And bite size. And jalapenos, filled with cheddar and wrapped with bacon! MMMMMMMMM. You will need 1 package of bacon (approx. 12 ounces). It really depends on how many you plan on making. For this recipe I made 20 jalapeno things. You will also needs jalapenos, no more than 2-3″ in size. I used 10, which made 20 (they get sliced in half). And a block of sharp cheddar cheese or whatever cheese you prefer.
I forgot to take a picture of this step, so pretend there is a baking tray of 10 pieces of bacon on it Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Cook bacon for about 10min. You don’t want to cook it all the way. It should still be bendable.
While the bacon is cooking, slice up your cheese.
Then, slice your jalapeno’s in half. Remove the stems, inner membrane and seeds. Unless you like super spicey, then keep some seeds in!
Aren’t they pretty? Mr. Wright thinks I’m weird for calling food pretty. But he doesn’t love cooking so he wouldn’t understand. The bacon should be done at some point during your slicing of jalapenos. Let them cool for a moment while you fill the jalapenos with 2-3 little slices of cheese. You want them to be cheesy enough because some of the cheese falls out during cooking.
Cut the cheese slices if you need to so they can fit in the jalapenos. My picture only shows 1 cheese slice, but again I recommend laying 2-3 slice.
Cut the bacon pieces in half. Wrap the bacon around the jalapeno snugly and secure with a toothpick. Or if you’re like me and don’t have toothpicks on hand, break off the ends of bamboo sticks Also, be sure they are facing up and not on their sides or else the cheese will drip onto the pan.
10-12 jalapenos (or more if desired)
12 ounce package of bacon (enough for approx. 30 jalapeno slices)
8 ounce block sharp cheddar cheese, sliced into 2-3 inch slices
toothpicks for securing
Begin by partially cooking the bacon. Place bacon strips close together on a baking pan. I was able to fit 10 slices on my pan. Cook 10 minutes at 375 degrees F.Bacon should still be bendable and not crispy or all the way done. Cut bacon strips in half and set aside. Drain off excess bacon fat/grease.
Cut cheddar cheese into half-inch slices and cut each slice in half lengthwise and halve again. Set aside.
Remove tops from jalapenos and slice in half lengthwise. Remove seeds and membranes (keep seeds in if you want more spice)
In each jalapeno, put in one or two pieces of cheese, cutting cheese to fit. Wrap with one piece of bacon, tucking end of bacon under jalapeno and secure with a toothpick. Place stuffed and wrapped jalapeno on baking pan. Continue with remaining jalapenos, cheese, and bacon, placing stuffed jalapenos close together.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes or until bacon is browned. Cool slightly before removing, serve and enjoy