Jan 28, 2011

Skinny Baked Jalapeño Poppers




With Superbowl around the corner, these lightened up Jalapeño Poppers will make the perfect party appetizer. Jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheese, coated with seasoned panko, then baked not fried. You won't miss the full fat version!

This was another recipe request from one of my wonderful readers! You guys rock. I will never run out of ideas thanks to all your requests, just hope I can keep up with all of them. And speaking of awesome readers, thank you for nominating me for the Kitchn's Top 10 Food Blog for 2011. Because of you, I made the Top 10. Wow, what an honor! I've been chosen among some really great food bloggers. If you like my blog and would like to vote, click here.

Back to making these jalapeños, one important note when making these, wear gloves while handling the peppers. There is nothing worse than touching your eye or lip with jalapeño fingers, trust me, I've done it! Also if you have little kids, be careful to discard all the seeds if any fall on the floor. My one year old has a gift for finding every speck on the floor and putting it in her mouth.

These can be made ahead of time, then baked when ready to serve. One points plus each, Enjoy!





Low-Fat Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Gina's Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: makes 24 • Size: 2 poppers • Old Points: 1 pts • Points+: 2 pts
Calories: 61.6 • Fat: 2.7 g • Protein: 4.2 g • Carb: 5.3 g • Fiber: 0.7 g  

 
  • 12 jalapeño peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 4.5 oz light cream cheese
  • 5 medium scallions, green part only, sliced
  • 2 oz shredded low fat sharp cheddar (I used Cabot 50%)
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters or egg whites, beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs*
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • spray oil



Preheat oven to 350°. Wearing rubber gloves, cut peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and membrane.

Combine cream cheese, cheddar and scallions in a medium bowl.



Combine panko, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in another bowl.



Fill peppers with cheese filling with a small spoon or spatula.



Dip peppers in egg beaters.



Place pepper in panko mixture, using a spoon to make sure all the seasoning doesn't fall to the bottom of the bowl.



Spray a baking pan with oil spray. I lined my pan with parchment for easier cleanup. Lightly spray the peppers with a little more oil spray.



Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, until golden and cheese oozes out.



Remove from oven and serve immediately. Serve hot.

*I used 1/4 cup more panko to make it easier to coat, then I was left with 1/4 cup which was tossed and not calculated in the nutritional info.

124 comments :

  1. gourgeousness!!! (yes, I know it's not a word LOL)

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  2. I LOVE poppers. Great job at lightening them up!

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  3. When we were in Texas, a friend made these but mixed raspberry salsa in with the cream cheese. It was SO delicious! I think it would cut back on the fat in the cream cheese, too.

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  4. Gina, congrats on being a finalist!

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  5. I really have no idea what I would do without you Gina! I cook from your recipes at all week long and have never been disappointed. I actually discovered you before I started the plan but once I joined I couldn't do without your recipes. Thank you so much for all that you do.

    I am dying for a lightened up creamy polenta a la Gina. Pretty Please?

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  6. i just love u,please keep up the good work

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  7. Gloves are so so so important! I made something similar once and was scooping out the seeds with my bare fingers. My fingers literally felt like they were on fire for the rest of the day. Unfortunately I learned the hard way :(

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  8. I am completely amazed that you managed to make these so low in points! Yum. Love the nail polish.

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  9. Shannon, that's a tough one but we'll see! I love creamy polenta too!

    Angela, thanks about the nail polish!

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  10. Those look so good. I like the breading idea. Thanks for the post.

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  12. Gina, I found your blog about a week ago. I have been referring people to your website like crazy! A ton of people that I have referred just LOVE it! I have a friend who tried out one of your recipes, and loved it! I have loved every recipe of yours that I have made! I have even listed a few of your recipe names (with links back to your page to get the recipe) on my blog! I call you a complete cook genius! Keep up the AMAZING work! WOW!

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  13. Excellent recipe! yes, so true about the gloves. I keep many pairs in my kitchen as I cook also nettles from time to time :)

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    1. Those look so good Jalapeño Poppers! I love all the photos here, makes the recipe come alive for sure. Thank you for sharing! Japanese Denim

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  14. I love jalapeno poppers, but haven't had them in forever! Great recipe!

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  15. I can't wait to try these! We're going to plant an even larger pepper garden this year, and it seems these will be a great staple to use throughout the pepper season as well! Thanks!

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  16. Can you say Super Bowl snacks???? Thanks, Gina. The hubby and I love jalapeno poppers!!!

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  17. Thanks Jamie!!

    I'm going to compile a list of Superbowl Recipes this weekend :)

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  18. I look forward to trying these for sure. Love poppers & for only 2pp each who couldn't? Thanks

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  19. Have thoroughly enjoyed visiting your site. Love the layout of your blog AND the content. Wishing you the best!

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  20. I have been making Jalapeno Poppers for 2 years now, and I love your idea of green onions in the cheese mix. I have found fat free Philadelphia cream cheese that, when mixed with the cheddar and melted, tastes like the light cream cheese with less calories and fat! I will be making these for sure!

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  21. Oh yeah, another tip - if the cheese melting too fast for the jalapenos to cook, stuff the peppers and then freeze them before breading & baking them!

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  22. where was this recipe when I had jalepenos coming out of my ears during the summer!?!!! mmmmm...will keep this one for this summer!

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  23. Can you use plain breadcrumbs instead of panko?

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  24. Just found a site on how to make your own Panko! http://www.ehow.com/how_2292755_make-panko-bread-crumbs.html

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  25. @Kailee- great tips!!

    Yes, you can use breadcrumbs instead if you wish.

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  26. I am in love with your recipes. This is a
    favorite of mine. thanks so much,
    yvonne

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  27. Thank you. i love poppers, but not the fat. I'm going to try these asap.

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  28. Made these last night, AWESOME!!!! My husband liked them better than the greasy deep fried restaurant version! Making them for the Superbowl Party next weekend! Thanks Gina! Thank you for all of your hard work and AMAZING recipes, they truly help us all through our weight loss journey!

    Michelle

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  29. holy cow this looks amazing. motivation to get off my couch and go to the grocery store!

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  30. thank you for this, poppers are one of my favorite dishes that I try to stay away from, love having a lighter version

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  31. I just made these...they are literally still in the oven. The only thing was the crumbs would not stick to the bare jalapeno (the underneath). I just noticed the recipe said "beaten" egg whites and we didn't beat them first....would that do it? Also would egg beaters work better than the whites for making the crumbs stick? Thanks! Hubby is very excited to try them!

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  32. I had the same problem with the panko not sticking to the bottom and I used egg beaters AND beat them a little bit..
    any suggestions? Gina it looks like yours were evenly coated all over.

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  33. Made these yesterday! They were delicious!

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  34. Mine are in the oven with five minutes to go. Can't wait to dig in! They smell delicious. The scallions in the mix totally make it (I had to sneak a taste). I'm LOL after reading these comments because my hands are also burning! Lesson learned ;o) Gina, I also had a hard time getting it to stick under the pepper--so I compensated by adding a bit more to the top. Any advice is welcomed. Thanks for sharing your fantastic recipes!

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  35. I only recently tried the high-fat version of these, and I was disappointed that they were too many points to justify. Thanks so much for this lighter version! I can't wait to give these a try!

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  36. I can't wait to try this recipe. Perfect for the Superbowl! :)

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  37. I used egg beaters so I'm thinking maybe the egg beaters might be better than egg whites, I had no problems with the crumbs sticking. I used a spoon to help gently coat them, then gently placed them on the cookie sheet. I noticed not all panko crumbs in my supermarket looked the same. Some were more condensed while others looked fluffier. I wonder if it has something to do with the panko? I used real Japanese panko, not japanese "style" panko. Just guessing though!

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  38. Can't wait to try these out, they're officially on the superbowl menu!

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  39. I used egg beaters when I made them, and the crumbs didn't stick well to the bottom either. I think mine were Japanese "style" panko crumbs.

    These were really, really good, but much (much!) hotter than poppers I'd get out to eat. Would cooking them longer help cut down on the heat?

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  40. I must have gotten lucky! If you don't want them spicy, make sure you remove the membrane.

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  41. This looks Amazing! I am only week 4 into Weight Watchers, and with super bowl this coming Sunday you saved me from over doing it! I can have a few of these guys and not feel guilty plus I know my husband will love them. Can't wait to try them!

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  42. this recipe is AWESOME! i'm so excited to try it. I did an entry on jalapeno poppers and used your recipe (giving you credit and a link back, of course =D). also, i used the recipe builder on the WW online site and they actually said these a 1 PP per serving!

    http://reluctantwwfoodie.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/jalapeno-poppers/

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  43. I just made these and they are awesome!! They taste and look like a very high quality popper.

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  44. I've made a similar version a couple times now (using finely crushed corn flakes instead of panko). My boyfriend and I love them! They've ruined typical, fried poppers for me.
    These babies are far superior to the fatty, bland poppers usually found in restaurants.
    Awesome.

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  45. Great gluten free option! They actually sell crushed cornflakes in specialty stores. I recently bought them to play with.

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  46. I made these last night and they were sooo delicious and better than any fatty popper I've ever had! Thanks Gina!

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  47. I, too am in week 4 of WW. I am making them as we speak and I am having a problem with the Japanese panko crumbs and egg beaters. I am also making the zuch. sticks and the crumbs are not sticking to them either. Any thoughts? They both look delicious though!!

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    1. lightly dust zuchinni w/ cornstarch and the stuff will stick to it better. Is that allowed here? IDK but it works

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  48. I wish I did, I had no problems with either one, but I do have problems from time to time, doing nothing different. Maybe it's the panko?

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  49. Could also substitute cream cheese and cheddar for the fat free version to save a few more calories.

    I added a couple piece of diced turkey bacon to some of mine 25 cal's per piece and added a ton of flavor!

    Thank you so much for the recipe!

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  50. Hi Gina, as always, thanks so much for all of your amazing recipes. These poppers look sooo good, I can't wait to try them. Hope you are having a good weekend.

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  51. These look amazing!! I'm about to start making them. Thank you so much!

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  52. Also, I used a grapefruit spoon to scrape out the seeds/membranes. That worked like a charm!

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  53. Making these now...can't wait to try them!

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  54. Just made these as part of our super bowl dinner. They were absolutely delicious!!

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  55. Made these to snack on during the Superbowl... they are amazing! Thanks!

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  56. these where amazing!! we used egg whites and preheated the baking pan... turned out awesome :) thanks again!

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  57. I made these for a superbowl party yesterday and they were a hit! I doubled the recipe and used about 6 oz of cheese to make them extra cheesy. A little labor intensive, but it was worth it.

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  58. This receipe is terrific! I served it at my Superbowl party and no one even knew they were a healthy version. I have tried several of your reeipes and they have all been great but this is my favorite! Keep them coming!!

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  59. Kimberly S.2/12/11, 8:51 PM

    These were delicious and so easy!

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  60. I tried this recently and it came out very well. Enjoyed your recipe. Just like other said, even I had problem with the panko crumbs sticing to the peppers. but it tasted great.

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  61. These are AWESOME. My only complaint? They were gone too fast!! Next time I'm going to have to double or triple the recipe!

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  62. SO GOOD! I thought these would last for days....they MIGHT make it through two meals around here. Delish!!!

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  63. very tasty! shoot, one was especially hot! haha, yummy though.

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  64. I had a chance to try these tonight. My son has a gluten allergy so I attempted a GF version. I replaced the Panko with crushed Rice Chex cereal and used a tablespoon of rice flour. Thanks for a great recipe that is easy to make GF.

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  65. oh, I do adore poppers but they are sooooo dangerous! How did I ever live without Panko? thanks!

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  66. Gina, I was wondering do you think I could make these and freeze them for later use?
    Thanks,
    Cheryl

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  67. roll the bottom of the jalapeno in flour before the egg beaters and the panko sticks without a problem. might add like a tiny bit of calories/points but well worth not having to deal with the frustration. excellent recipe. added a can of lump crab to fancy them up. totally delish!

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    1. I wish I had seen this before I made these. Mine sure didn't stick.

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  68. Wow. Made these last night for my sister and her husband, and we were all blown away. I used goat cheese instead of cream cheese (b/c that's what I had) and it was GREAT. I also forgot to spray them on top, but it didn't seem to matter.

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  69. Oh my goodness! These were the best poppers I have EVER tasted! Looking forward to making .. and eating them again :-)

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  70. My Hubby and I really enjoyed these! Thank you so much for making such an AWESOME version.... in the future my hubby and I are going to pre-cook the jalepenos to make sure they're a little softer... they didn't really have enough time to cook before the panko had turned brown.. might also help with having the panko stick to the bottom.... Thank you again!

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  71. How far in advance can you make these? I want them for Saturday night but want to make them Friday, should I dip them in breadcrumbs and refrigerate them? I'm so excited to try them!!

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  72. My daughter told me about your blog around two years ago. I've yet to try the buffalo chicken dip, but I will, soon. In the meantime, Ive made the buffalo wings, and I'm about to make them again today for the big game. GO BIG BLUE!

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  73. Disgusting!

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  74. made these today and they turned out good, however i severely under salted them and they tasted much better with some extra salt sprinkled on the top. next time im going to add salt and pepper to the cheese mixture as well. also i did not have enough panko, and thats that i added another 1/4 cup panko. even then 4 of my poppers had to go in without breading( they were still yummy that way). i think what happend is that i bought really big jalapenos, from your pictures yours are stuff and overflowing with cheese, while i barely had enough to stuff all 24 halves. all in all would definitely make again with smaller jalapenos and more seasoning.

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  75. I'm wondering if anyone else besides vlo1125 had a problem with the filling quantity? I made this on Sunday and the full batch of filling was just enough for the 6 peppers I was stuffing. They seemed normal sized...

    I did roll the filled peppers in flour before dipping in egg like other commenters suggested and the panko stuck pretty well. Overall, a delicious recipe. Thanks, Gina!

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  76. Hi Gina! Can I use the bottled jalapeno peppers or do they need to be fresh? I am wondering if the juice/water in the jar will affect your recipe?

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  77. I recently had fried banana peppers for the first time and have been looking for a baked version to make at home. Do you think this "breading" would work well on banana peppers, too?

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  78. I made these tonight and was SO excited to try them as I am usually a total sucker for the fried fast food version of these. However, they were entirely too spicy for me. I'm not sure if that's normal or I just did something wrong? Maybe I will try again some other time. Great recipe!!

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  79. Just made these tonight - awesome!! I heated equal amounts of blackberry jam & water to make a dipping sauce. Delish! Thank you!

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  80. It´s the first time that I come this blog. Excellent because they are my favourite! poppers

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  81. Just made these they were really really good. I usually make the japo stuffed with cream cheese wrapped in bacon and bake. They are awesome but extremely fattening. So this was a great recipe to have to get kind of the similar taste thank you.

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  82. Thanks for a great recipe! Next time I think I would bake them longer to make the peppers more mild, or maybe par-boil them or something. Or maybe try this with small, colored bell peppers for a less spicy twist.

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  83. Just made this yesterday as part of my Father's Day meal for the hubby! There were AMAZING! Hardest part was stopping with 3 halfs!

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  84. Thanks to a friend telling me about this blog I have made some great recipes with veggies straight from my backyard. Picked some fresh jalapenos this morning and ready to try this out!!!

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  85. I was careful to scrape out the seeds and membranes on these bad boys, but they were too hot to eat...and I like spice.

    Bummed out...wanted this recipe to be good.

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  86. Could I substitute banana peppers in this recipe?

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  87. Recipe looks delish, def going to whip these up this weekend!!

    I'm just confused about the serving size. You wrote that the recipe yields 24 servings from 12 jalepenos. But than it says that 2 poppers are a serving size. Am I just interpreting this wrong?

    thanks- Kate

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    1. 12 Jalepenos cut in half makes 24 each. Serving size is 2. So 12 jalepenos is actually 12 servings. That's the way I read it anyway.

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  88. Tried these and my family loved them. I used Italian bread crumbs. Do you think they would freeze well or would the coating get soggy? Thanks for a great recipe!

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  89. adding a little cumin to the filling makes it even better! Mmm... I want these right now!

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  90. I made a modified version of this recipe for my weight loss vlog on YouTube. Gave you a shout-out and linked your site in the video description. Check it out if you are interested. Keep up the great work, I love your blog!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MC5WXLrqvI&feature=plcp

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  91. I was just wondering why you use Jalapeno's rather than green or red chillis?? Is the flavour better or are they just easier to use. Thanks

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    1. Because they are 'jalapeno poppers'...

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  92. These are amazing! I've made them for four holiday parties this year and they are always the talk of the party. More people have asked me to send them this recipe than have ever requested recipes of the things I've made in the past.

    WARNING: WEAR GLOVES WHEN YOU MAKE THESE! The first time I made them, I did not wear gloves and my hands were in excruciating pain for 36 hours.

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  93. These were so yummy & my family loved them! I used large jalapenos so had to double the filling and breading parts. Thanks for sharing this recipe

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  94. I have them made and ready to pop into the oven during half-time! Thanks Gina!

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  95. OMG Just finished making this and they are delicious!!!!

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  96. I loved them. I pinned it and FB it. Good job.

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    1. I love jalapeno poppers, I can only imagine how good the flavors would be with chicken! I've never squirted jalapeno juice into my eye, but I have cut up chilies and then tried to take my contacts out - find life coach

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  97. I LOVE jalapeno poppers! I knew I could count on you to have a skinny version! Thanks!

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  98. Alter assembly a bit like this and you can make really cool Halloween and Gag party snacks. Kentucky Fried WTF (baked mice)

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Jalepeno-Chili-Pepper-Screamers/

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  99. I just made these for dinner and they are amazing! I've been loving this blog-everything I've made I've loved, but these might be my favorite. Hot and melty perfection!

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  100. Yum! I just made these and the only negative was I should have made more!

    I adjusted the recipe a bit. I dipped them in flour first then egg whites then panko crumbs. I only added salt and pepper to the crumbs. For the filling I used 4 oz fat free cream cheese, 2 oz reduced fat cream cheese, 28 grams of a reduced fat mexican cheese blend, salt, pepper, chilli powder, garlic powder and fresh cilantro. I did all the math and caluclated 4 points for 6 poppers. I did have to bake them for about 45 minutes until they were brown enough. Thank you for posting the tip about wearing gloves!

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  101. I have to agree with Elizabeth - I should have made more! They were so easy to make and they were delicious. I cut the cheese in half, as I only had 6 jalapenos on hand, but still managed to use the full 1/2 cup of panko. I also used a whole egg. Thanks Gina!

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  102. Im relatively new to your site.....and I love it!! This is the 6th recipe Ive made, and holy cow these were good!!

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  103. I just made these but subbed light mozzarella for cheddar, green onion for scallion, one egg beaten in place of egg beaters and no paprika or garlic powder so used cayenne and chili powder... also added a little crumbled bacon on top. All organic, turned out great and I ate 8 of them >_< - saying something cuz I don't usually eat lot.

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  104. This looks fantastic. I've only been vegan for several months and sometimes I want more flavor than plain brown rice. I'm so glad to have found your blog - I studied abroad in Ireland in college and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.buy amyl nz

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  105. I made these for Thanksgiving and I think it was the best thing we ate all day! I added the 1/2 tsp baking soda as some people suggested. Also, I didn't have a mini muffin tin so I just used a regular. That made about 15 "poppers". So so yummy! They practically disappeared. lesbian novels

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  106. Hi Gina! Quick question. In the past, I've made large batches of the traditional poppers when I have an abundance of peppers in the garden. I typically make and fry them, then freeze them and reheat in the oven. Do you think these could be frozen and reheated? My one son and I are typically the only ones who eat them, and we don't need a whole batch between us :)

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  108. I've been looking for a good 'poppers' recipe and I think this will fit the bill. I might try to use chorizo in place of the bacon. Buy Argan Oil

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  109. Thanks for posting this one and for sharing your recipe. I've been looking for a recipe of that dish. Good thing I stumbled upon in your blog. Professional Moving Company

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  110. Made these last night. Fantastic! I have jalepenos running out my ears from the yard and needed a way to use a bunch! May make this again in the next few days. As many others asked, would be great to know if these could be frozen and then baked later.

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  111. So good! I'm addicted!

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  112. I have found that the longer you bake these the milder the pepper becomes. I usually go by this rule, 20 minutes for hot flavor, 30 for medium and 40 for mild. I have made these for years, but can't wait to try the skinny version.

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  113. I made these today, they are just awesome ....... hot peppers with cheesy inside and crispy crust. Only i wish i would have done better with the crust may be ill add some grated parmesan next time.

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  114. These are AMAZING!! I made these for some of my friends who prefer "deep fried" everything and they gobbled these up!! :-) They couldn't stop raving over these!

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  115. YUM! Looks so delicious! Can these be pre-baked a day in advance? I have a Mexican themed lunch at work but I obviously don't have an oven there. I was thinking I can make them the night before, refrigerate overnight, then keep them out at room temp the next day until lunch time. Any idea?

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  116. Gina These are so good! Most of my friends are extremely picky eaters but they love every recipe i've made from you.

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  117. These are incredible! Whether you do WW or not, they are absolutely some of the best jalapeño poppers I've had.

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