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Hot! Hot! Hot! Jalapeno Poppers

Some people are cringing while others are cheering because football season is here again. Tonight is the NFL’s season opener, and how can you watch football without a greasy, deep-fried, cheezy snack in your hand?

Last year I featured Game Day Potato Skins, which were topped with melted vegan cheese and soy bacon pieces, but this year I’m going to spice it up a bit with Hot! Hot! Hot! Jalapeño Poppers.

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I was at my grandmother’s house this past weekend and loaded up on fresh items from her garden. In addition to the mint I used here, I brought home a whole bag of jalapeños.

Supermarket jalapeños are rather lacking in heat these days, so I wasn’t expecting the scorching heat that came from homegrown peppers. Yes, I’ll admit that I can’t handle my food too hot, but these peppers almost set my mouth on fire. To balance out the heat, I stuffed the peppers with vegan cream cheese and coated them with the thickest layer of cornmeal batter I could get to stick.

If you’re making these as a game-day treat, you can adjust the filling and add various spices or even soy bacon bits. Enjoy the recipe—oh, and go, Saints!










Jalapeño Poppers

12 whole jalapeño peppers
1 cup vegan cream cheese
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. cornmeal, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup plain soy milk
Vegetable oil

•Cut each jalapeño from end to end and remove the stem from the top. Using a small knife (or running water), remove the seeds, but be careful not to split the peppers completely.

•Stuff each pepper with approximately 1/2 Tbsp. vegan cream cheese and set aside.

•In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup flour, 2 Tbsp. cornmeal, and the salt and pepper. Stir in the soy milk and set aside.

•In another small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup flour and 1/4 cup cornmeal.

•Dip each pepper into the flour mixture, then into the batter, and then back into the flour, so that there is a thick layer of batter on the peppers.

•Drop the peppers into vegetable oil that has been heated to 375°F and let cook for 1 to 2 minutes on each side, being careful not to burn.

•Remove the cooked peppers from the oil and let drain on paper towels.

Makes 12 jalapeños


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  • veganvamp says:

    I eat these with salsa and it is sinful, thanks for the recipe!

  • Chris Lees says:

    Jalapeno Poppers!!
    I had once one month before.Ingredients were little bit different.I prepared that without addition of mint.Let me do this again with addition of mint.

  • Sean says:

    I just made these and am overall disappointed. Baking them straight up did not work as the batter remained an unappetizing white despite an extra 5 minutes – frying them would’ve worked much better. Also, the peppers were not really pleasant to bite into as they still maintained a fair bit of crunch. So, for next time I will parboil for a bit then fry.

    I used an artisan cornmeal (from the mill at Guilford, available online) in the fry dredge. While more expensive and short coded this cornmeal gives a much better texture and taste to whatever you’re using it in!

  • Suzanne says:

    Love these, though I baked them instead of frying. Baking for 15-20 min. at 425 resulted in a cooked, but not mushy, pepper. Hot, hot, hot, indeed, but really good. thanks for the recipe.

  • thedalyn says:

    These look delicious, but I’m wondering how “cooked” the jalapenos were. When I make mine, if I don’t blanch the peppers, they’re super-crispy instead of soft and gooey. Was that an issue with these?