Stuffed Jalapeño Chile Poppers
Looking for a fun appetizer this Memorial Day? Look no further. These hot little peppers are incredible on the grill. Cut the tops off, scoop out the seeds and stuff them with any variety of cheese, bacon, chutney, you name it. Once you’ve had these succulent little poppers you won’t believe you’ve lived without them for so long.
Wondering how to grill these babies? Well leave it to Steven Raichlen, author of The Barbecue! Bible and How to Grill, for coming up with the Chile Pepper Grill Rack. This stainless steel, dishwasher-safe device makes it easy to impress your friends with poppers and anything else you can think to do with it. It comes with a chile corer that makes removing the membrane and seeds a snap.
Of course if you’re having company for Memorial Day like most of us this rack holds 18 Jalapeño peppers. Although that may sound like a lot believe me it’s not. You may want to purchase two of these racks since they are going to be the hit of the party. They’re so good you just can’t get enough of them.
I’m sure you’re wondering how to make them. Well here’s a video I found that SurLaTable put together using one of Raichlen’s recipes. However, be creative and come up with your own.
Here are a couple other stuffing ideas that you might like to try.
4 ounces of goat cheese, softened
1 teaspoon chopped chives
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
½ teaspoon Asian Chili Sauce
In a bowl, mix together the goat cheese, chives, zest and Chili Sauce and put into a pastry bag or zip lock baggie with the tip cut off.
After cutting the tops off the Jalapeño Peppers and coring out the seeds, insert the tip of your pastry bag and squeeze the cheese mixture inside. Place chile peppers in the Chile Pepper Grill Rack then pop on the grill and see the magic happen.
You can also use a mixture of equal parts mango chutney or apricot jam and cream cheese. Stuff the same as above.
Trust me, if you grill these poppers up, family and friends will be talking about them for weeks. YUM!
Check out your local stores for these incredible racks or find them here.
You’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!