Smokie Stuffed Jalapeños

Serves 8-12
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 50 minutes
Allergy Dairy
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Misc Serve Hot
Occasion Barbecue, Casual Party
By author Project Real Mom
These stuffed peppers are small bites of heaven! Smokey, spicy, cheesy, salty...perfect!

Ingredients

  • 12 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 12 Slices Bacon
  • 8oz Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese
  • 1 Package Lil' Smokie Cocktail Wieners
  • 1/2 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (dry mix)
  • 24 Toothpicks (soaked in water for 30 minutes)

Note

1. It's a good idea to use latex gloves when handling and removing seeds from jalapeños.

2. A smoker or charcoal grill adds a wonderful smokey flavor to these jalapeños and is the preferred method of cooking. However, they can be made on a gas grill or in the oven.

Directions

Step 1
Preheat gas / charcoal grill or oven. If using an oven, preheat to 375 degrees.
Step 2
Cut tops off of jalapeño peppers. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds and membrane. Set aside.
Step 3
Add 1/2 packet of ranch dressing mix to cream cheese. Mix well.
Step 4
Fill each half of jalapeño pepper with seasoned cream cheese.
Step 5
Place a lil' smokie on top of the cream cheese.
Step 6
Cut bacon slices in half. Wrap each piece of bacon around stuffed jalapeño pepper and secure with a toothpick.
Step 7
Place wrapped peppers on grill rack (or non-stick pan if using oven method). Grill for 20-30 minutes until jalapeños are soft, cheese is bubbly and bacon is crispy.

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