no glove, no love

May 16, 2011
 Dear Jalapeno,
The deep love I had for you has diminished.  Gone.  You ruined my life for two. whole. days.  You made me slather sour cream all over my hands.  You made me take a hand bath in vinegar.  You made me sleep with my hands dangling over the edge of my bed in bowl of iced water.  I won't forgive you. probably. 
Your ex,
Jess
My burning hands basking in the temporary glory that is sour cream.
Note to the wise.  Don't cut twenty jalapenos ungloved.  Especially don't de-seed twenty jalapenos ungloved. They will come back to haunt you.  It will feel like you've stuck your hands in boiling water and it won't go away.  
 Enough about the bad.  Let's talk good.
Cheesy BBQ Bacon Jalapenos are a fan favorite.  They're a versatile appetizer and will go over equally well at an outside barbecue or a nice evening dinner party. 
 Soak these babies in some yummy BBQ sauce.
Bake, brown and serve!

Cheesy BBQ Bacon Jalapenos
20 fresh jalapenos
16 oz. cream cheese (2 packages), room temperature
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 lb. bacon, cut into thirds
BBQ sauce (Stubbs, if you're especially cool)
40 toothpicks
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese and cheddar until well blended. 
  3. Add cumin and paprika and stir until incorporated.  
  4. PUT ON GLOVES.
  5. Slice each jalapeno in half USING YOUR GLOVED HANDS.  Carefully remove seeds from each half WITH YOUR HANDS THAT ARE PROTECTED BY GLOVES.
  6. Scoop mixture and generously fill each jalapeno half. 
  7. Cut bacon into thirds.  Wrap each half with a slice of bacon and secure with a toothpick.  
  8. Slather BBQ sauce over tops of jalapenos.
  9. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until bacon is browned.
ouch.
On the bright side, let's cross out #7.  I've learned that gloves will not only protect your freshly manicured fingers, they are a serious necessity in the presence of jalapenos. 

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

What temperature do you bake at?

Anonymous said...

Nevermind! I neglected to look at the preheating temperature :P Thanks a lot! Your food looks so great!

SoosyQ said...

I learned the hard way about the jalapeno's also. Just so you know, Oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil will break down the stuff that makes a pepper burn. Slather it on next time and it won't last for two days!

This recipe sounds delish and I will try it next time I get a hankerin for stuffed peppers!

Anonymous said...

So...should I wear gloves? :)

Éowyn's Mom said...

These were great! I skipped the bacon to make them vegetarian and there were no complaints from my husband.
The first time I made these I used gloves, but the second time I was out of them. Big mistake! Thankfully the burning only lasted a couple of hours.

Anonymous said...

I have also made them subsituting pineapple cream chesse no cheddar,just the pineapple cheam chesse and bacon. Sounds weird, yes I know. The hint of sweet compliments the heat of the jalapeno. It started as a mistake, but they is how they are now requested!

Anonymous said...

omg it never even occured to me to wear gloves. i'm so glad i found this post! labour-day-mexican-fiesta-potluck-appy-perfection. i will buy some gloves!!!!

Anonymous said...

Rub some cooking oil on your hands before cuting and devaining the peppers, I've done two dozen at a time, with minimal burning.

Anonymous said...

These are sooo good!

Anonymous said...

I to learned the hard way about what happens if you don't wear gloves. I read if you deseeded peppers in a sink full of water this would help. Wrong!!! Very painful. Always wear gloves. lol. I love the stuffed peppers with bacon wrapped. Yummy.

Anonymous said...

You made me LOL, can't wait to try. The peppers not the hand pain :)

Anonymous said...

I dont use gloves, never had a problem. I even ad the seeds into the cream cheese.

Anonymous said...

FYI use a spoon to clean out the seeds and membranes. Half them and then scrape the inside with the spoon. Much simpler and faster.

Anonymous said...

I dice my bacon, cook it, then add the grease and bacon bits to my cream cheese, then I stuff this mixture into my peppers. I have a pepper roaster that allows me to leave my peppers whole instead of cutting them in half, all I have to do is cut off the stem and core the pepper.

Unknown said...

I had these minus the bbq sauce this winter. Loved them. I am going to try that pineapple cream cheese recipe because I Love Love Love pineapple. Perhaps I will mix it up and do different variations. Does this mean I will have to invite guest?

Anonymous said...

I also found out about the No Gloves issues,But I
soak my hands in a bowl of Milk over night. And the next day the burning was gone. I haven't made any more in awhile. But said the next time i did I would use gloves :)

Anonymous said...

soak your hand's in pure bleach about 5 min it will take the burning away!

Anonymous said...

i cant wait to make this it sounds so good

Anonymous said...

I have made them quite often and never wer gloves.... Will have to try the making them with pineapple cream chese next time. I know has nothing to do with the gloves.....
Have tried them with turkey bacon as well, because some of our friends dont do pork. Came out just as good!

Anonymous said...

Why does anyone need gloves? Use a knife.

Anonymous said...

I have been there... serranos, habaneros and jalapenos, fine minced about 30 of them for chili. You don't feel it at first, deceptive little buggers. They wait until you are all done so as not to alert you of their evil plan. I wore ice packs tied on my hands and slathered with aloe vera. I couldn't believe how long the burning lasted for. You only do that once!

Anonymous said...

whoever said the bleach comment should not be allowed to post...clearly this would be dangerous to your skin and your mucous membranes (including your eyes) and your lungs for that matter..NO, NO, NO BLEACH!!!

Anonymous said...

I didn't use gloves. I used a spoon to clean them out and it worked just fine. Not sure why everyone keeps getting burned. Cuts on your hands perhaps?

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