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Recipe: Paleo-ish Jalapeno Poppers

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

At the risk of seeming like a self-proclaimed food expert who, in reality, only knows how to wrap things in bacon (see here and here), I'm going to share another recipe with you in which I wrap something else in bacon.

Our garden at the lake yielded an insane number of jalapenos, and they're still coming. Do you know how wonderful that is? I decided that I wanted to make a Paleo rendition of a jalapeno popper, and instead of filling the pepper with cream cheese, I'd use goat cheese, which, although not entirely Paleo, is a bit more Paleo-friendly and one of my favorite foods. 

After filling them with the goat cheese, I was going to bread them in almond flour, but I started to feel disturbed about the breading, because let's face it, almond flour just doesn't always cut it. It tends to get soggy and not brown enough, and these jalapenos were beautiful and perfect and I wanted them to be wonderful in every way. So I filled them with goat cheese and then wrapped them in bacon instead.

12 large, fresh jalapenos
One 4 ounce package of soft, plain goat cheese
One package of bacon

1. Take goat cheese out of fridge and let it get soft.
I like to take it out of the package and put it in a bowl so you can stir it around.
2. Wash the jalapenos, cut in half, and then cut each half in half again (as shown above).
3. Use a little spoon to scrape the seeds out of the peppers.
4. Wash your little spoon and use it to spread goat cheese into each pepper.
5. Wrap those babies in bacon! I used about half a piece for each popper.
6. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. 
When the bacon looks about done, turn oven to the "broil" setting and keep an eye on them until they're crispy.


  1. Cheese, bacon and jalapenos...this is basically my dream recipe!
    Faye x

  2. Yum, these look amazing! But then again, I'm sold on any recipe that has bacon and goat cheese :)

  3. Man , I love jalapeno poppers! I watched an episode of diner, dive ins and drives the other day, and they made some killer ones on that show. Been craving them ever since.

    You're making it worse.


  4. Are you kidding me?? Making these tonight. :D

  5. That looks delicious! my three favorite things... peppers, cheese and bacon! yumm


  6. Okay now, that looks SO ridiculously DELICIOUS!!! You're making my tummy grumble.


  7. these looks freaking awesome! also, i am thinking about doing paleo and someone is going to have to explain to me what is more and less paleo as far as cheeses are concerned. because i am really not wanting to give up blue cheese in my salads . . . or goat cheese.


  8. Great recipe idea! I'm totally making these : ) Also loving goats cheese in an omelette with thick sliced bacon lately. Thanks for the Paleo inspiration, it has helped me so much!

  9. in the words of Bob, from the eponymous "What About Bob", mmmmmmmmmMMMMMMMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm!!!

    i love that you wrapeverything in bacon. i mean, what's not to like??


  10. We just had jalapeno poppers last night that were beer battered and deep fried. Soooo good. Pretty sure the only thing better than deep frying something would be to wrap it in bacon, so I'm definitely going to have to try these soon. Thanks for sharing Megan!


  11. um YUM. bacon and jalapenos and cream cheese? whats not to love??

  12. Ohhhh my gosh I love jalapeno poppers and they look so good with that bacon! Yum yum can't wait to try this recipe!

  13. It really takes a certain finesse to wrap things in bacon. and goat cheese? Yes.

  14. Love the goat cheese twist! Trying that next time instead of cream cheese. Loving your blog btw too, just stumbled across it today!

  15. so 2 things...
    1. go italians!
    2. i went to school at Viginia Tech, right outside Roanoke...
    a sign? needless to say, i'm following your blog!

  16. Two words: Holy. Yum.

    It looks so good. I think this recipe came just in the nick of time for me, since I've just taken a strong liking to (and craving for) jalapenos!


  17. You must be a kindred spirit considering that I too love wrapping everything in bacon. What about prosciutto? Though a bit more expensive than bacon, prosciutto-wrapped asparagus is such a decadent and crispy treat.

  18. Visiting from the blog hop - these look iiiiiincredible!

  19. I made a version of these a while back with shredded chicken mixed with cheese and chipotle smoked paprika for the filling. They were great! (of course we have to call them 'armadillo tails' in Texas.)

  20. Anything with goat cheese works for me :) And jalepenos? Love! I'm going to have to try these soon.




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