I remember the first time I had my friend Izzie’s Jalapeno Poppers. We were at her New Year’s Eve party and the smell of spice and bacon floated across my nose. I had to have one. I put the first (of many) in my mouth and knew there was something different to these poppers. Now, when I try something new I play a little game with myself. I try and figure out the ingredients then I ask the hostess or the wait staff what is the “secret” ingredient?
For these little gems I never would have guessed it. Honestly, it might be because I am a Midwestern girl who lived in New England most her life so I haven’t really eaten a lot of poppers prior to moving to Texas. I have had poppers in Texas with brisket, with sausage, with beer cheese but I had never had ones that tasted this “perfect”.
Her secret, which she said I could share with you, is canned pickled jalapenos! You drain them, wipe off some of the pickling liquid and stuff them with cream cheese. That is it. Trust me, this blew my mind.
I hope you will give them a try at your next party or maybe just because it is a Monday night.