Hurtin' Jalapeno Cheese Poppers

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Recipe for Hurtin' Jalapeno Cheese Poppers. You will want to pop these tasty treats into your mouth because they taste so good.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups Ritz® cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 ounces firm cream cheese or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 12 fresh jalapeños
  • vegetable or corn oil for frying

Directions

  1. Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  2. Mix together the flour, cracker crumbs, and salt in a shallow dish. In a separate dish, beat the egg.
  3. Cut the cheese into 1 by 1/2 by 1/4 inch cubes. Cut 1 1/2 inch slits lengthwise along both sides of each jalapeño. To reduce the heat, you may also open up the chiles a little more and seed and devein them.
  4. Insert the cheese into each jalapeño by prying it open. Chill the chiles for about 5 minutes. Dip the jalapeños in the egg to coat, drip off excess, then roll in flour mixture and shake off excess. Layer on a plate and chill again for 5 minutes.
  5. If you have a problem getting the coating to stick, first roughen the jalapeño skins with a fork or with a serrated knife.
  6. In a deep frying pan, heat oil to a depth of 2 inches over medium heat until hot, not smoking. Pop your jalapeños into the oil, turning them, for a minute or two, or until golden brown. Transfer with a slotted spoon onto paper towels to drain. Season with salt. Arrange on a serving platter and pop them into your mouth.

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