Sunday, May 31, 2015

Five Ingredients or Less #SundaySupper...Featuring Crescent Jalapeno Poppers

Sometimes you have a several hours to create an elaborate recipe with a mile-long ingredient list…and sometimes you need a quick recipe with minimal ingredients! Today's Five Ingredients or Less #SundaySupper is featuring recipes that don't require an intimidating list of ingredients... or spending hours in the kitchen. Our host is T.R. from Gluten Free Crumbley, and he asked us to share streamlined recipes that show simple doesn’t mean boring. My recipe today is a fun appetizer that’s great for Summer entertaining. These Crescent Jalapeno Poppers have just five simple ingredients, but each ingredient provides maximum flavor!

This is my spin on a three-ingredient recipe I found at the Betty Crocker website. I decided to up the ante a bit and add a few more big-flavor ingredients to their recipe! Seeded jalapeno halves are stuffed with a mixture of shredded cheese and flavored cream cheese, topped with bacon, and rolled inside garlic-flavored refrigerated crescent dough. They're fun to eat and full of flavor. When you’re making a recipe with minimum ingredients, it’s important that each one brings maximum flavor. These Crescent Jalapeno Poppers are definitely maxed out on flavor!

Crescent Jalapeno Poppers
adapted from Betty Crocker 
Ingredients (makes 8 poppers):
  • 4 garlic-flavor refrigerated crescents
  • 4 jalapenos, cut in half -- seeds and membranes removed [NOTE: I use latex gloves when I work with jalapenos]
  • ½ cup chive and onion cream cheese
  • ½ cup shredded Colby-jack cheese
  • 3 slices Applewood smoked bacon
  • Coarse sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Lay the jalapeno halves on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment. Cut each piece of bacon in thirds crosswise and place on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake the bacon and jalapenos for 15 minutes, until the bacon is starting to brown and the jalapenos are starting to blister.
Step 2: While the jalapenos and bacon are in the oven, combine the cream cheese and Colby-jack cheese in a small bowl. Set aside in the fridge to chill. Remove the jalapenos and bacon from the oven, and let cool for 5 minutes. Fill each jalapeno with some of the cream cheese-cheese mixture. It will take approximately 1 tbs., depending on the size of your pepper halves.Step 3: Add a clean sheet of parchment to your rimmed baking sheet. Unroll the crescents and cut them in half lengthwise. Place a filled jalapeno half at the base end of each crescent, then top with a piece of the bacon. Roll up toward the pointed end, until the bacon and pepper are enclosed.Step 4: Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until the crescents are golden-brown and the cream cheese mixture is bubbly. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving so you’re not burned by the hot melted cheese! Some of the cream cheese mixture may ooze out during baking, but it's no big deal -- they still taste fantastic!These Crescent Jalapeno Poppers are so good, you’ll never believe they only have FIVE simple ingredients! The crescents provide a subtle garlic flavor, and the jalapenos provide a bit of heat -- but it’s tempered by the creamy cheese filling. And the bacon? It provides a smoky pop of flavor that brings every bite together. This would be a perfect starter for your next Tex-Mex dinner. Because they’re so simple to make, you don’t have to reserve them for a special occasion. They’re great “just because!” Be sure to check out all of the great #SundaySupper recipes that this week's participants are sharing. All have five ingredients or less, and they all sound amazing!
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