Baked Jalapeño Poppers
An easier path to homemade jalapeño poppers starts with ditching the deep frying.
Why This Recipe Works
With all due respect to stuffed, breaded, and fried jalapeño poppers, we wanted an easier option to bring this bar snack to the home kitchen. But perfecting baked jalapeño poppers took a few tricks. First, roasting the halved chiles cut side down lets us control the texture of the peppers and drives off excess moisture. For a flavorful filling that isn’t chalky, equal parts cream cheese, cheddar, and Monterey Jack are our cheeses of choice, while panko bread crumbs and an egg yolk help it stay put. Finally, for a filling that stands up to the fiery jalapeños, we add scallions, cilantro, cumin, lime, and bacon.