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Fried Jalapeños

Yield 1 1/2 dozen
You can buy these frozen at some warehouse foods stores, but this homemade version is much better. For a quick dip, stir a little green jalapeño hot sauce into sour cream.

Ingredients

  • 2 (11.5-ounce) jars whole jalapeño peppers, drained
  • 4 ounces Muenster cheese
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups beer
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

How to Make It

  1. Cut a small slit in each pepper, and carefully remove seeds. Rinse peppers with cold water; drain on paper towels.

  2. Cut cheese into 18 pieces; insert 1 piece into each pepper.

  3. Combine cornmeal and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl; add 1 tablespoon oil and beer, stirring until smooth. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Pour oil to depth of 3 inches into a skillet or deep fat fryer; heat to 350°. Dredge peppers in 1/2 cup flour; then dip into batter. Fry 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning occasionally. Serve immediately.