Baked Jalapeño Poppers stuffed with Goat, Feta and Hatch Chili Pepper Cheddar Cheeses

Jalapeño, how I love your written name with the cool curvy dash over the ñ.  I also love a few of your friends, like Mr. Padrón and Ms. Piquillo.  The truth is I had a banner year for peppers in my garden and grew way more than we could use for ourselves so I’ve been giving away large bags to friends and neighbors.  Since we are rapidly passing into the month of September, I didn’t want to lose an opportunity to share a favorite  Summer recipe using jalapeño peppers.  I stuffed both jalapeño peppers along with a few of their pepper friends just for fun and to check out how various peppers from my garden would stand up in the oven filled with a mixture of cheeses and covered with bread crumbs.  How would they turn out compared to the jalapeños?  The verdict- there is a reason jalapeño peppers get to be poppers while others go into salads or are pan fried and sprinkled with sea salt.  I think Mr. Padrón’s ears are burning, if that’s possible for a pepper.

I found the Hatch Chili Pepper Cheddar Cheese at Whole Foods.  It’s a sharp white Cheddar Cheese dotted with small pieces of green Hatch chili peppers.  I found it to be good baked, mixed with feta and soft goat cheese in the peppers as well as just plain delicious to  enjoy  all by itself served with crackers.

The baked poppers make a tasty appetizer for all of us cheese lovers and surprisingly the jalapeños, because the seeds and membranes are removed, aren’t really that hot and the little bit of heat they give off is nicely balanced by the creamy baked cheeses.  The bread crumbs give some nice crunch, I made mine fairly big -mostly due to the fact that I became tired of trying to make thick slices of hearty multi-grain bread into bread crumbs using a little tiny mini food processor.  But, all’s well that ends well, in this case the bigger crumbs stood up nicely to, once again that creamy melted cheese -you gotta love that cheese baked in the jalapeños, they are just so good warm from the oven.

Baked Jalapeño Poppers stuffed with Goat, Feta and Hatch Chili Pepper Cheddar Cheese

Yield: 24 poppers

Ingredients

  • 12 jalapeño peppers, cut in half seeds and membranes removed
  • 4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese
  • 2 ounces Feta crumbles
  • 4 ounces grated Hatch Chili Pepper Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh sweet basil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • for the crumb coating
  • 2 cups multi-grain bread crumbs, made with hearty bread, ground on the coarser side
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Olive oil to brush on top before baking

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Combine the cheeses, yogurt, basil, salt and pepper to taste in a medium bowl.
  4. Place the breadcrumbs in a large shallow bowl.
  5. Whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl.
  6. Stuff the pepper halves with cheese, smoothing the tops.
  7. Dip the pepper halves in egg and then bread crumbs, pressing the bread crumbs onto the peppers.
  8. Place the pepper halves evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheet and lightly brush the tops with olive oil.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until bread crumbs are golden brown on top of fully cooked peppers.
  10. Cool for a few minutes and serve.
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  1. These sound fantastic! I know just the man who’d be all over them, too, so I’ll be sharing. :) Happy weekend, Patty!

  2. Those stuffed peppers look marvelous, Patty. The goat feta filling is the winner!

  3. These poppers look irresistible (love that stuffing!) and I love your tray! :)

  4. Just printed! I have an over abundance of hot peppers hanging out in the fridge from my CSA. Great idea.

  5. I’ve been meaning to stuff jalapeños for the longest time, yet never did. Saving this recipe Patty, so crunchy and with goat cheese!

  6. Oh my gosh, Patty, these look delicious!! I love jalapenos, too (and all kinds of chilis) and I think I tried that hatch chili pepper from Whole Foods before. I had some mediocre jalapeno poppers the other week – I wish I ate something like this instead. I wanna make these soon!

  7. Jennifer Akridge says:

    These look and sound fabulous. I have cold and the heat may be just what I need.

  8. Such a dazzling summer recipe! My pepper plants are just now finished blooming and I can only hope the peppers will grow quickly during our September and early October Indian Summer. Even if they don’t I’ll be trying this splendid recipe soon!

  9. Yours looks and sounds delicious!

  10. These look delicious! Thanks for addressing the heat issue – I would have been afraid they’d be too hot for our palates. The combination of cheese and bread crumbs in the filling looks amazing!

  11. My husband would absolutely love these! All the cheeses and the peppers….mmmm!

  12. Delicious! (I’ve always been in love with that little curve over the ‘n’ in jalapeño too.) :D

  13. Wish I lived closer so I could take some of those jalapenos off your hands! Your poppers look so crunchy and delicious.

  14. What a perfect appetizer Patty! I have bought that cheese at whole foods and it is divine. These I think need to make a showing for my Friday Night Bites! Happy Sunday!!!

  15. I have a bag of jalapenos from my CSA, more every week. This looks like a perfect way to enjoy them. I’ll try it this week. Thanks!

  16. These look fantastic! My son would devourer these…I have to give them a try!

  17. These jalapeno poppers look great Patty, like the variety of cheese in it…and they are perfect for entertaining…
    Have a wonderful week :D

  18. Wow the combination of these ingredients must be like a dance in your mouth. These are beautiful and so creative. I have to try these. I have a grill stand for jalepeno’s that this recipe would be great with. Ooh I can’t wait to try this.

  19. Can never go wrong with goat cheese and feta :) Great small bites/appetizers dish with favorite ingredients – Mmmm those peppers with the cheese filling and textured topping… Tasty and a beautiful presentation!

  20. I’ve seen this dish and have been curious since the first time I’ve seen them. I cannot tolerate heat (I got better than before after training a bit) so I probably cannot eat these…but they look so cute and I think it’s great dish for parties! I might make these for some occasion and try having a bite! :D

  21. Oh yum, loving these perfect party treats right here! Going to have to try your version soon!

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