This post is neither about a 1959 American comedy film directed by Billy Wilder (and starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) nor a song recorded by The Power Station (the first single released from the group’s 1985 eponymous debut album).
So why did I borrow “Some like it Hot” for the title of my post?
Well, like some people in my country, I am one of those “some (who) like it Hot”….I mean I really like hot spicy food 🙂
This post is about a dish which is made by hollowing out jalapeño peppers, stuffing them with a spiced cheese mixture, battering them, and then frying them. This dish is called Jalapeno Poppers and it’s really HOT!
What is Jalapeno Poppers?
The term “Jalapeño Poppers” was initially used as a trademark by Anchor Food Products of Appleton, Wisconsin for their brand of cheese-stuffed jalapeños. The Poppers brand has since been expanded to include a line of frozen appetizers — mozzarella sticks, breaded mushrooms, and the like.
Although many people classify jalapeño poppers as Mexican cuisine, because they feature hot peppers, they are probably an invention of the American Southwest, marrying the Latin love of heat with the American obsession with all things deep fried.
I have to admit I have been in love with jalapeño poppers ever since I first tried it at a Mexican restaurant in Jakarta named AMIGOS a few months ago. Now jalapeno poppers are one of my favorite all-time snacks.
One day I decided to cook jalapeño poppers. I learned how to make them by following the step by step on how to make jalapeno poppers found @ http://www.bettycrocker.com.
Here’s the step by step of my version of Jalapeno Poppers:
Step 1: Cut the middle of jalapeño peppers in lengthwise.
Then scoop out all the seeds. This will make room for the filling and will also make your jalapeño poppers a little milder. It is a good idea to wear gloves during this process, as the oils from the pepper can cause quite a sting, especially if the mucus membranes are unwittingly touched.
Step 2: make the filling by mixing cream cheese, cheddar cheese, dry chili powder, garlic and onion; stuff into the jalapeno pepper.
Step 3: coat each one of the stuffed jalapeno in flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper.
Step 4: dip it in a milk and egg mixture…
Step 5: and then back in the flour.
Step 6: Dip it into the milk mixture again
Step 7: Now coat with bread crumbs. (If want your jalapeño extra crunchy, dip it back in the milk mixture and bread crumbs one more time.)
They are now ready to be deep fried
Step 8: Fry them in preheated oil about 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. I only fry a few at a time, being careful not to crowd the fryer.
Voila ….jalapeno poppers are ready to be eaten. They are so full of flavor, we can eat them without a dipping sauce!