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Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños
Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver
Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield

14 servings (serving size: 2 pepper halves)

The rich and creamy combination of bacon, cream cheese, and cheddar nicely contrasts the muted spice of grilled jalapeño peppers. This appetizer recipe is a healthy, fresh alternative to the popular breaded and fried version.

Ingredients

  • 2 center-cut bacon slices
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
  • 4 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 ounce extra-sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup minced green onions
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 14 jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped seeded tomato

Nutrition Information

  • calories 56
  • fat 4.1 g
  • satfat 2.2 g
  • monofat 1.1 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 2.9 g
  • carbohydrate 2.1 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 13 mg
  • iron 0.2 mg
  • sodium 157 mg
  • calcium 55 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

  2. Cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; drain on paper towels. Crumble bacon. Combine crumbled bacon, cheeses, and next 4 ingredients (through garlic) in a bowl, stirring well to combine. Divide cheese mixture evenly to fill the pepper halves. Place peppers, cheese sides up, on grill rack or grill grate coated with cooking spray. Cover and grill peppers 8 minutes or until bottoms of peppers are charred and cheese mixture is lightly browned. Place peppers on a serving platter. Sprinkle with cilantro and tomato.

Cook's Notes

If making these poppers for a party, you can stuff the peppers, cover, and chill. Then grill just before your guests arrive. MyRecipes is working with Let's Move!, the Partnership for a Healthier America, and USDA's MyPlate to give anyone looking for healthier options access to a trove of recipes that will help them create healthy, tasty plates. For more information about creating a healthy plate, visit www.choosemyplate.gov.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, July, 2011;