Serving Size: 1 dozen poppers
Jalapeño poppers are endlessly customizable. This version, which takes inspiration from the classic slider, can be fully assembled the day before and popped into a hot oven just before serving. This version is made with cheddar but you can use any melty cheese and serve with your favorite toppings and sauce for dipping.
- 6 jalapeño peppers
- Olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Garlic powder
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Thinly slices red onion, optional
- Sliced cherry tomatoes, optional
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Slice jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. Brush lightly with olive oil and bake on a tray in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until just softened. Set aside to cool as you prepare the filling.
Season ground beef well with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook beef in a pan over medium-high heat, breaking apart with a wooden spoon, until mostly cooked through but still slightly pink in parts. Drain beef on paper towels and reserve.
In a bowl, combine cream cheese and grated Parmesan cheese and mix until smooth. Using a small offset spatula or teaspoon, fill jalapeño halves halfway full with cream cheese mixture. Top with seasoned ground beef. Top with cheddar cheese and bake on a tray until the cheese is melted and the center of the jalapeño is hot, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with thinly sliced onions and cherry tomatoes.
Serve immediately with your choice of burger condiment such as ketchup, ranch, BBQ, or fry sauce.