Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are a delicious appetizer that is always a hit. Spicy jalapeno peppers, filled with creamy Velveeta cheese and wrapped in bacon, what's not to love. This easy-to-make and delicious appetizer will be the talk of your next party or get-together, or you can even make them as part of dinner. No matter what reason you are making them, you will want to add these to your menu today.
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers with Velveeta Cheese
There are certain foods that are just always a hit. Those party foods that everyone loves but most people think are too hard to make at home. So they spend a fortune and buy them frozen or through takeout. Frozen never tastes the same and take out, unless eaten right away, usually doesn't taste that great. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers fall into that category. But once you have tried this simple recipe, you will be making homemade jalapeno poppers often and enjoying how incredible they taste, straight from the oven.
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
- Jalapeno Peppers
- Panko Bread Crumbs
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers with Velveeta Cheese
Preheat oven to 400.
Mix eggs and 1/4 cup water in a bowl to make egg wash.
Cut jalapenos lengthwise, remove seeds and white membranes with a spoon.
Cut Velveeta into 24 1/2″ x 1/2″ x 3″ strips.
Dip Jalapeno half and cheese strip in egg wash.
Sprinkle with and roll in panko crumbs.
Wrap in 1/2 strip of bacon and place on baking sheet.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
How to store Baked Jalapeno Poppers
If you have leftover poppers, you can store them in the refrigerator. You want to wait for them to come to room temperature and then place them in an airtight container or a freezer bag. Place the container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers Be Frozen?
If you have walked through the freezer section of your local grocery store, I am sure that you have seen poppers in the freezer. These easy appetizers are great to have on hand in the freezer, and it is a great way to make leftovers last longer, but the ones that you buy in the store will cost a fortune. I like to make these poppers and either freeze my leftovers. Sometimes I like to just make a double batch and freeze some for later.
Tips for Freezing Jalapeno Poppers
If you are freezing leftovers, you want to make sure they are at least at room temperature. Then move them to a freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Make sure to remove all of the air from the bag or place an extra layer of plastic wrap over the poppers to prevent freezer burn.
If you are freezing the poppers before baking them, you will want to follow the steps up until the baking step. Then you want to place the poppers on a plate or a baking sheet that will fit in the freezer. Freeze the poppers for an hour before moving them to a freezer bag or container. This allows the poppers to freeze without getting stuck together. Since the poppers are frozen first before placing them all together, you will be able to remove as many as you like at a time instead of having to take them all out at once.
The bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers will last about 10 to 12 months in the freezer.
How to Reheat Poppers
When you are ready to reheat the poppers, you can reheat them in the oven or the microwave. If you are heating them in the oven, you want to place them on a baking sheet, at 400 degrees and heat them until throughly heated. If reheating in the microwave, the poppers will be less crispy but still fantastic.
Can They Be Cooked While Frozen?
If you are taking the poppers directly from the freezer, you can bake them while they are still frozen. You will place them on the baking sheet in a 400 degree oven. It will take slightly longer to heat the poppers than it does when they are not frozen.
Can They Be Made in Advance?
These poppers can be made a few days before you are ready to serve them, or they can be prepped and stored in the freezer for months. If you are making the poppers and plan on serving them in a few days, you will make them all the way up to the baking step.
You will leave them on the baking sheet, wrapped well in plastic wrap. You can also place them in an airtight container and then move them to the baking sheet when you are ready to bake them. The peppers will be good when making a day or 2 in advance.
Are Jalapeno Poppers Keto?
This popper recipe is not keto. I am using panko bread crumbs in order to give the poppers that crispy breaded outside. However, if you needed a gluten-free version or wanted these poppers to be keto, you can use pork rind crumbs in order to have the same texture on the outside. Not a fan of pork rinds? Check out this Jalapeno Popper Chicken Skillet from my friend Lauren over at LowCarbNomad!
- 1 lb Velveeta
- 12 Jalapeno Peppers
- 4 oz Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 Eggs
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Mix eggs and 1/4 cup water in the bowl to make an egg wash.
- Cut jalapenos lengthwise, remove seeds and white membranes with a spoon.
- Cut Velveeta into 24 1/2" x 1/2" x 3" strips.
- Dip Jalapeno half and cheese strip in egg wash.
- Sprinkle with and roll in panko crumbs.
- Wrap in 1/2 strip of bacon and place on baking sheet.
- Bake for about 30 minutes or until bacon is crispy.
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