Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Blakeslee Giles; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Yield
Serves 12 (serving size: 2 poppers)

We all know that the addictiveness of the savory everything spice blend is amplified when paired with smooth cream cheese. Each popper is bursting with flavor and a variety of optional toppings keeps each bite interesting (and makes for a gorgeous platter). It seems you've found your new go-to party appetizer. Make sure that the jalapenos are par-cooked  before adding the cream cheese filling to ensure that the cream cheese doesn't burn. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil; place jalapeño halves, cut side up, on baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until slightly tender, about 15 minutes.Remove from oven, and cool 5 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, minced garlic, and minced onion in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until fully combined, about 2 minutes. Fill each jalapeño half with about 2 teaspoons of the cream cheese mixture. Return to oven, and bake until jalapeños are tender and cream cheese mixture is golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes.

Step 3

Top poppers as desired with bacon, smoked salmon, and crispy onions. Serve with red pepper jelly. 

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