Jalapeno poppers are ubiquitous on appetizer menus. And you should always stay away from appetizer menus. They are full of overly processed and fried food. But they taste do good! I love jalapeño poppers but wanted a healthier version. So I decided to make one. The hero doesn’t like jalapeños but he does like other hot peppers so I made some with a variety of peppers. They weren’t well labeled at the grocery store so I don’t know what they all are. I know the first photo is jalapeños but other than that I don’t recognize the peppers. If anyone knows what they are called, please comment!
Healthier Hot Pepper Poppers
refrigerated bread dough (I tried both biscuit and crescent and they were good but ideally, I would make it from scratch)
Tear off the stems from the hot peppers like so;
Then cut the peppers in half lengthways. The one really big one I cut in half both ways and made four out of it. Then you stuff the cavity with ricotta cheese, you may have to break the membrane a little but don’t remove the seeds unless you want to remove the heat. Then wrap the bread dough around the entire pepper and bake according to the bread dough instructions. I ended up having to bake it a little longer, so just keep checking until the dough is thoroughly cooked and golden brown.
They were really good. The ricotta cheese could’ve used a bit more flavor, we thought basil might be good. We also tried a few with cream cheese mixed with the ricotta, but it didn’t taste any better and it was much harder to work with.
Keep in mind it they get too hot for you, milk makes it less spicy, water makes it more spicy. And be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after working with hot peppers. Definitely before changing any diapers!