Last week while perusing Pinterest, I stumbled across a Jalapeno Poppers recipe that I couldn’t wait to try. It was a recipe over at Cassie Craves for Jalapeno Popper Wontons. Go ahead. Go check it out. You won’t be sorry.
Okay, now that you’re back I can finish my story. Now her recipe sounds amazing right? I decided to kick it up a couple of notches and make the same jalapeno poppers recipe with a few additional ingredients. You see, my mom (who isn’t much of a cook…after all, she is the one that gave me this Cake recipe at my bridal shower) makes the best jalapeno poppers known to man. Not only is there cheese and jalapenos, there’s also sausage and bacon.
So I am now sharing with you my spin on Cassie’s recipe. You can thank me later. Enjoy!
Jalapeno Poppers Recipe (With a Twist)
1 package refrigerated square wonton wrappers
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1-2 jalapenos, seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped (if you like heat, leave some of the seeds in)
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 lb. bulk sausage, cooked and crumbled
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
**(check out my post on how to oven fry sausage and bacon for a mess free, quick way to cook sausage and bacon anytime!)
Vegetable oil for frying
1. In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, jalapenos, and cheddar cheese. In a separate small bowl, combine the sausage and bacon.
2. Place wonton wrappers flat on a baking sheet (don’t laugh at my ugly silicon baking mat – I’ve had it forever and couldn’t live without it). You should be able to fit 8-10.
TIP: I actually found it easier to do one at a time after setting up everything assembly style.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon of the cheese filling to the center of each wonton. Next, place a 1/2 teaspoon of the sausage and bacon on top of the cheese filling. Be careful not to overfill them or you will have a big mess on your hands once they get in the oil!
4. Dip your finger in a bowl of water and run your wet finger around all edges of each wonton. Fold the wontons over the filling, pinching the edges to seal to make a triangle and removing any air bubbles.
5. Heat about an inch of vegetable oil in a pain over medium heat.
TIP: Do you know how to tell when your oil is hot enough to start frying in? Place a wooden utensil (spoon or spatula) in the middle of the hot oil. If the oil bubbles around the wood, it’s ready!
6. Fry wontons in batches in hot oil until browned and cripsy. Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with coarse salt. Serve warm.
If you love jalapenos but are afraid to cook with them because they are so spicy, just remember to always remove the seeds (and when you remove the seeds, you may want to wear gloves on your hands to prevent the oils from getting on your skin).