Sweet n Spicy Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos with Goat Cheese

This is going to be short and sweet, literally. Christmas is TEN DAYS away y’all. Between work, shopping, and holiday parties – it’s a busy month for us all. Don’t get stressed out with your party food and baking – make it easy on yourself. Granny wants you to bring an appetizer for dinner? No worries – I got you! This recipe fast and easy, but it’s DAMN good.

We all love bacon, do we not? This is a spin on traditional stuffed jalapenos (usually made with cream cheese or cheddar). These jalapenos are filled with chive goat cheese, wrapped in bacon, and my little secret – a hot pepper jelly glaze on top. The hot pepper jelly really knocks this recipe up a notch, and adds a special sweetness to counteract the spiciness. I have tried several hot pepper jellies, and the best are always homemade batches. I recommend you find a local source or make it yourself for the best flavor. I also recommend you use an entire strip of bacon for each jalapeno, so don’t you cut that strip in half!

These make a great appetizer for any party or tailgating event, and can be baked or grilled. I recommend grilling these if given the chance, because the flavor of a grilled jalapeno is insanely delicious.

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Makes 16 jalapenos

Ingredients:
8 whole jalapenos, large
1 lb of low sodium bacon (16 slices)
8 oz. goat cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped finely
Hot pepper jelly
Fresh cracked pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Slice jalapenos in half, carefully scooping the insides and seeds out. Leave stems on, and set halved jalapenos aside. Be sure not to touch your eyes or face when handling jalapenos or jalapeno seeds – it will leave a burning sensation, and trust me, it’s not fun!
3. In a mixing bowl, mix chives and softened goat cheese. Mix well.
4.  With a small spoon, scoop chive goat cheese into each jalapeno. Fill each jalapeno almost to the top, but do not mound goat cheese.
5. Wrap each jalapeno with a slice of bacon. I have found the best way to do this is start with the fatty end of the bacon, and work your way down and around the jalapeno. If both ends of the bacon slice are on the back of the jalapeno, they won’t peel up as easily when roasting. Secure both ends of wrapped jalapenos with 2 toothpicks if you feel it necessary (I did not).
6. Add wrapped jalapenos to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top each jalapeno with a small amount of hot pepper jelly. Sprinkle cracked pepper on top.
7. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked and crispy (it will be darkened from the red pepper jelly). Note: Some goat cheese may come out while cooking, but that’s to be expected.
8. Let cool 5 minutes and serve!

If you try these, leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
-xoxo, Amber

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