Smoky Jalapeño Poppers Wrapped with Bacon

This appetizer is a sensation whenever and wherever you serve it. Jalapeño peppers stuffed with Smoked Grafton Cheddar, wrapped with crisp, smoky bacon, glazed with barbeque sauce is a combination that can’t be beat. The great thing about this recipe is that there are no fixed proportions—it depends how many you want to make, and the size of the peppers. Plan on making twice as many as you think people will eat. Recipe courtesy of Bob Titterton, author of The Vermont Home Cookbook.

Ingredients:

Jalapeño peppers
Grafton Smoked Cheddar, grated
Bacon strips, cut in half or thirds
Barbeque sauce as needed

Cooking Process:

Preheat oven to 400°

Cut peppers in half lengthwise leaving the stems intact.

Scoop out seeds and ribs with a teaspoon.

Stuff each pepper with grated cheese just to the top of the sides.

Cut the bacon in half or thirds depending on the length of the strips.
Wrap each with bacon with the seam tucked under the peppers. Place peppers on a baking sheet lined with foil.

Brush the top of each with barbeque sauce.

Bake on your oven’s center shelf for 35 minutes, or until the bacon is nicely colored and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper, and serve warm or at room temperature.