Exciting thing about end of summer and early autumn is bountiful produce in the farmers markets. I’ve always loved the sound of jalapeno poppers but didn’t like the idea of deep frying so I created these oven baked poppers. I assure that they are so tasty and if you are a chilli lover, you’ll simply love them and want more.
125g cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
1 shallot, finely diced
50g finely grated cheese like gruyere
1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup or hot sauce
Salt to taste
Preheat your grill to 180 degrees Celsius.
Slice the jalapenos in half from the stalk to bottom tip. Scoop out most of the seeds and pith.
In a bowl, mix the cream cheese, shallot, grated cheese and sauce. Season with about half a teaspoon salt.
Arrange the jalapeno halves in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with baking paper. Use your hands or a small teaspoon to fill the jalapenos with the cheese mixture.
Place under grill for 8 – 10 minutes until cheese is bubbly and brown. Serve warm. Serves 4-6 as a starter.