Jalapeno poppers are a coveted thing. Whenever I hit a sports pub/bar (that's where you seem to find these delicious treats), I must order them. Their is something about the heat of the jalapeno, the creaminess of the cheese, and the crunch of the crumbs.
I've never made them myself, but let me just say...success! The exact combination of flavors I have missed.
Here's the recipe:
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
What You Need (adapt recipe to however many poppers you want to make):
*makes 6 poppers*
3 whole jalapenos, cut in half lengthwise, seeded, with membranes discarded
2 oz. low fat cream cheese
2 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/8 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Begin with the peppers. Important note: handle with gloves! Cut each jalapeno in half lengthwise. Remove all seeds and membranes.
Filling time! Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder in a mixing bowl.
Prepare for assembly: In a small bowl, beat egg and set aside. Pour panko crumbs in a separate bowl. Get ready for assembly time: grab a halved pepper, use spoon to fill pepper with cheese filling, dip pepper in egg, and dunk pepper in panko crumbs. Place each complete pepper on baking sheet that has been covered in cooking spray. Repeat process till all peppers have been filled.
Bake poppers in a 350 degree F oven for 30 minutes. You could eat these by themselves (I certainly did) or serve them with a dipping sauce, like sour cream.