Apple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

by | Sep 9, 2015 | All, Appetizers

Apples aren’t just for sweet treats. Serve up these sweet and spicy Apple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers at your next party! 

A sheet pan of Apple Bacon Jalapeno Poppers. Halved jalapeno peppers are stuffed with a cream cheese, apple and green onion mixture, wrapped with bacon and baked. There are some foods that are simply synonymous with football. I’m talking wings, nachos, chili, pizza…the list goes on and on. But don’t forget the tried and true jalapeño popper in the midst of all that football food goodness. These little babies have been a mainstay at nearly every game day party I’ve ever attended, and they are always a crowd pleaser. So this recipe for Apple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers may seem like a no-brainer to you. But adding a bit of tart Granny Smith apple and savory green onions to the mix takes these pops to a crazy addictive level. 

Prep for these bad boys is pretty minimal. I made the cream cheese filling the night before and kept it in the fridge without any problem. But these Apple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers don’t require much prep at all. The only thing that is a bit cumbersome is gutting the peppers. Make sure you wear gloves if you’re sensitive to jalapeño juice. 

Tip: Precook the bacon in the microwave for 60-90 seconds before wrapping it around your poppers. That little spin in the microwave par bakes the bacon, ensuring it gets nice and crispy in the oven.

Pat was skeptical of the flavor combination for these Apple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers. Why mess with a good thing, right? Then he tasted them and couldn’t stop eating the spicy sweetness. Try them and see.

I bet you can’t eat just one.

A small white plate of three Apple Bacon Jalapeno Poppers with a sheet pan of poppers in the background. Halved jalapeno peppers are stuffed with a cream cheese, apple and green onion mixture, wrapped with bacon and baked.

Yield: 20 poppers

Bacon & Apple Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon & Apple Jalapeño Poppers

Sweet apple, salty bacon and the subtle heat of the jalapenos make a mouthwatering flavor combination!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 fresh jalapeno peppers, halved, seeds and membranes removed
  • 10 thin slices center cut bacon, cut in half
  • 4 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, core and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil.
  2. Heat bacon in the microwave for 60-90 seconds or until bacon starts to shrivel. Drain on a paper towel.
  3. Combine cream cheese, apple and green onions in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide cream cheese filling evenly among jalapenos. Wrap each jalapeno half with bacon and place on baking sheet. Secure bacon with toothpicks if necessary. Bake for 30-35 minutes or to desired degree of doneness. Serve warm.

Notes

adapted from Food Network

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10 servings

Serving Size:

2 poppers

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 262mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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11 Comments

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      I was so surprised at how much I loved the apple in these poppers. Hope you enjoy them, too, Liz!

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    I use a grapefruit spoon to gut the jalapeños. It makes life much easier. Also, I pound out the bacon before wrapping each popper, makes for more even cooking. Have never tried the apples, am intrigued by the idea. I have always added brown sugar to the cream cheese, but that can make it too runny if you overdo it.

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      Great tips, Tara!

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    I think adding some apple is a brilliant idea. I always love a fusion of spicy and sweet.

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      Completely agree, Christie! Spicy sweet is such a tasty combination!

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      Me too, Heather!

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    These were great! So easy, and just the right amount of heat. Perfect football food.

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      So glad you enjoyed them, Katie!

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