If you like the traditional jalapeno poppers, you are going to love my version, Pretzel Baked Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers, which also includes pretzel snaps and bacon bits; what’s not to love?
I was trying to come up with a new appetizer to take to the “big game” a few weeks back. I know jalapeno poppers are very popular, but I had some pretzel snaps that I wanted to try to incorporate in my recipe. Thus was created my Pretzel Baked Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers. Follow along for this easy recipe.
Pretzel Baked Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
To assemble these goodies, place a slice of cheese on the pretzel, and add a jalapeno slice. Be sure to bake these on a parchment-lined baking sheet to prevent the cheese from sticking and for easy removal. I have to admit, straight jalapenos are not my thing–too hot for me. So I made a tray with half of them made with jalapenos and the other half made with banana peppers which are much milder. These are tiny bites, and they are made elegant by the cream cheese that is filled into a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip. Finally, they are set off with the addition of real bacon bits.
Pretzel Baked Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers:
This yummy appetizer is the perfect size for popping into your mouth. Just skip the nibbling, and go for it! For another great appetizer, try my Single Serve Seven Layer Taco Dip. Spent with Pennies has a Best List of Easy Appetizers if you need more entertaining ideas.
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Just pop these yummies in your mouth--no nibbling here!
- 1 bag (partial) snaps pretzels
- 3 ounces colby jack cheese, block
- 12 ounce jar jalapeno peppers, sliced (I used this plus 12 ounce jar sliced banana peppers) If you only use jalapeno slices, use 24 ounces
- 4 ounces cream cheese, very soft
- 1/2 ounce bacon bits
On a parchment-lined baking sheet, lay out 28 pretzel snaps. You may need to trim your block of colby-jack cheese to be about the same diameter as the pretzel snap. Slice the cheese, and lay a piece on each pretzel. Top the cheese with a jalapeno slice. Bake for 4 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven
Meanwhile, whip the cream cheese, either by hand or with a mixer, until the consistency is like icing. Fill a pastry bag fitted with a decorative tip.
After removing the appetizer from the oven, cool slightly before decorating the appetizer with the cream cheese. Squirt the cream cheese out of the decorator tip to make an attractive flower-like topping. Immediately sprinkle with the bacon bits.