Prep Time
30 Mins
Cook Time
15 Mins
Yield
24 servings

Our sports-bar-worthy appetizer looks complicated, but trust us: These are as easy to make as they are to pop in your mouth. You'll love this spicy, crispy starter.

How to Make It

Step 1

CUT lengthwise slit in top of each pepper; scrape out seeds and veins. Combine next 3 ingredients; spoon into peppers.

Step 2

ROLL peppers in flour; dip in eggs, then roll in cracker crumbs to evenly coat. Place in single layer in shallow pan. Refrigerate 15 min.

Step 3

HEAT oil in medium saucepan to 375ºF. Add peppers, in batches; cook 3 min. or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm.

Step 4

Variation
To serve as stuffed jalapeno halves instead of the stuffed whole peppers, cut peppers lengthwise in half; scrape out seeds and veins. Fill peppers with cheese mixture, then coat and refrigerate as directed. Cook, in batches, in hot oil as directed, reducing the cook time to 1 to 2 min. or until golden brown.

Step 5

Substitute
Prepare using PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese.

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