Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
These are not your average jalapeño poppers: The delicious, mellow jalapeños are stuffed with a creamy, cheesy filling and have a nice, smoky bacon exterior. Meanwhile, the dip is creamy and herby to add interest and a little crunch. These have three types of cheese, and they all stand out in their own way, and the jalapeño’s heat and bacon’s smoky flavor balance all that creamy goodness. Be sure to use jalapeños that are similarly sized so they’ll cook at the same rate, wrap those chiles up tightly, and place them on the baking sheet with their ends on the bottom—this prevents them from unraveling while cooking. These are easy to prepare ahead of time, but taste best straight out of the oven, so don’t bake them until right before your guests arrive.