Spicy Yet Savory Jalapeno Poppers

By:Bob Evans

The Press 

Photo courtesy of Family Features

Your guests won’t be able to have just one of these sweet and savory jalapeno poppers. With a touch of heat from the cayenne pepper, and sweetness from brown sugar, you’re almost sure to watch them quickly disappear.


Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves: 40
2 packages Bob Evans Thick Sliced Hardwood Smoked Bacon, slices cut in half
1 p1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

package Bob Evans White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes


Heat oven to 400° F. Set bacon out to thaw to room temperature so it is pliable.
In mixing bowl, use rubber spatula to combine mashed potatoes and garlic herb cheese. Stir until incorporated. Spread 1 teaspoon mashed potato mixture in each jalapeno half; level each with butter knife or spatula.
Wrap each jalapeno with bacon; use three half slices for large jalapenos or two halves for smaller sizes. Be sure bacon is wrapped sealing in mashed potato mixture tightly.
In small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Generously sprinkle over bacon and pat gently to make it stick.

Line cookie sheet with piece of parchment paper so sugar does not burn to pan. Bake until bacon reaches desired crispiness, around 25-35 minutes.
Let peppers cool slightly before serving, about 5 minutes.



Dill Pickle Potato Chips




Photo by: Brandon Bales

These pickle chips are the best snack.


The secret to good potato chips is to keep a close eye on them in the oven. As long as they’re sliced to roughly the same thinness, they should all cook at the same rate. Check at around 15 minutes to make sure they’re not burning, and flip them when the underside is golden.


2 russet potatoes, thinly sliced
2 c. pickle brine
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. freshly chopped dill, plus more for garnish
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Ranch dressing, for dipping


place sliced potatoes in a large bowl and add enough pickle brine to completely submerge them. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 400º. When potatoes are done marinating, drain and pat completely dry, then place in a large bowl. Add oil, dill, garlic powder, onion powder, and crushed red pepper flakes to bowl and toss to coat potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
Lay potatoes in an even layer on a large baking sheet, making sure none are overlapping. Bake, flipping halfway through, until tender on the inside, and crisp and golden on the outside, about 40 minutes. Garnish with more dill and serve with ranch dressing.

‘Pickle Subs’ Are The Most Delicious Low-carb Alternative To Your Favorite Sandwich

By: Augusta Statz


pickle subs is the new way to make a sandwich

If you’re looking for a way to satisfy your craving for a big, juicy sub but still want to keep things low-carb, this no-bread hack is for you. “Pickle subs” call for swapping bread for large pickle slices so you can still enjoy a sandwich (minus the bread) in a way that’s way more inventive than a lettuce wrap.

This video from Delish shows how you can take large pickles, slice and core them and then layer them with mayo, mustard, ham, cheese and tomato to create a sub-style sandwich that’s so good, you won’t miss the bread.

These will surely upgrade your desk lunch, make a great snack for the kids or be a crowd-pleasing appetizer. Of course, you can substitute the sandwich ingredients to include your favorites.
For example, a recipe from Canadian Cooking Adventures shows how you can layer pickled beef brisket, Swiss cheese and thousand island dressing in between pickle slices to create a low-carb version of a classic Reuben sandwich.

Phot0 by: Canadian Cooking Adventures

A version from Wicked Stuffed also details how you can give tuna salad an upgrade by layering it between pickle slices. This recipe suggests adding fresh dill to go along with the salt and pepper. Yummy.

Phot0 By:Wicked Stuffed

You can also skip the bread when creating a classic “wrap.” This recipe from Unsophisticook shows how you can place cream cheese wedges around a pickle and then wrap everything in a slice of dried beef. Slice them into rounds and you’ve got yourself one delicious snack or appetizer.

Phot0 by: Unsophisticook


The Momdot website also points out that these roll-ups are so easy to make, you can get your kids in on the action. So, meal prep just got a bit easier! Plus, look at how adorable this version looks in a kid’s lunchbox, and it simply calls for turkey, American cheese and a little mayo.

Photo by: The Momdot

With sub, sandwich and wrap recipes this delicious, your bread-eating days are numbered!

Baked Jalapeño Poppers

By: Alex  Holguin

Concho Valley 


Baked Jalapeño poppers recipe will had some heat to any meal.

(photo by: Concho Valley Foods)

SAN ANGELO, Tx – Baked Jalapeño Poppers


• 12 large jalapeño peppers
• 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
• ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
• ¼ cup chopped green onion, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
• ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
• ¼ teaspoon onion powder
• ¼ teaspoon salt
• ½ cup grated three chili cheese or sharp cheddar cheese
• 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese


1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up. Cut off one-third of each pepper lengthwise. Use a small spoon to scoop out the seeds and membranes from each pepper, and discard.
2. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, three chili cheese, feta, ¼ cup chopped cilantro and green onion, garlic powder, onion powder and salt. Stir to combine.
3. Stuff the peppers with the cream cheese mixture. Top each of the peppers with a small mound of cheese lengthwise.
4. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and starting to turn golden.
5. Transfer the jalapeño poppers to a large serving dish and top each pepper with the cilantro and green onion garnish and serve!


Easy Caesar salad with fresh jalapeño

By: Raph Rashid

Abc Life 

(photo by:) Hold the bacon and the croutons and make this simple and jalapeño  version of caesar salad instead.(ABC Life: Raph Rashid/Juliette Steen)

ure, the fancy oak or butter lettuces look great on the ‘gram, but they just can’t compete when it comes to crunch.
Nothing beats a roast chicken sandwich with shredded iceberg lettuce or even just a whole iceberg wedge with a simple vinaigrette.
But at the end of the day, cos lettuce wins out and its victory comes down to the Caesar salad.
Make your dressing to the right consistency and it will coat your cos leaves perfectly, giving a crunchy, creamy, zingy salad that goes great with pan-fried chicken schnitzel or crumbed eggplant.


1/2 tsp garlic, minced (about 1 small clove)

1 egg yolk

1 lemon, juiced

4 anchovies, finely chopped

1/2 to 1 cup of olive oil

1 1/2 cup pecorino cheese, finely grated (or Parmesan to substitute) tsp flaky sea salt

1/2 tsp Tabasco

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


1 cos lettuce, halved

1 fresh jalapeño, sliced

Optional: 1 radish, chopped in half, to serve


  1. To make the dressing, place the garlic, egg yolk, lemon juice, anchovies, salt, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Whisk the ingredients together and, while whisking, slowly drizzle in half a cup of olive oil. Once it’s fully combined or emulsified, check the consistency. If the dressing is still really runny then add more oil. If it’s too thick you can add a teaspoon of white vinegar. Once you’re happy with the texture, add in a good crack of black pepper and 1/4 cup of pecorino cheese. Try it and adjust any seasonings to your taste.
  2. Prepare your lettuce by filling a deep mixing bowl with water, before adding the 2 halves of your head of lettuce. Gently wash the entire lettuce by prying apart the leaves. Once washed, remove lettuce from water and leave to dry in the fridge.
  3. To serve, spoon the Caesar dressing onto the lettuce, filling the leaves with the dressing. You may have some dressing left over that you can store in the fridge. Top with sliced jalapeños and some more pecorino. Slice the cos into sections and gently lift onto a serving dish. Serve with radish and dip it into any extra dressing!






Dill Pickle Pasta Salad Is Both Creamy And Crunchy

By:Kate Streit

Sioux City Journal 


( Photo by:Spend With Pennies)

If you love the flavor of dill pickles, you need to give this creamy, crunchy dill pickle pasta salad.


A word of warning. The dill pickle flavor is strong with this one, so if you’re not yet a convert, it may be a bit much for you. However, Holly, the blogger behind the site, notes that you could also add sweet pickles to the recipe, which I’m guessing would balance out the flavor a bit.

One more tip — be sure to use white onions, not yellow, to avoid an overpowering onion taste.

This simple recipe takes just 20 minutes to put together and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. And it’s even better when made ahead of time, making it ideal if you have to prep for a potluck or barbecue.

Of course, pasta salad is not the only dish in which dill pickle is popping up. Devotees to the humble pickle have been incorporating it in all kinds of unexpected ways. Take, for example, this dill pickle bacon grilled cheese sandwich. It’s salty, tangy, crunchy, cheesy and just downright delicious

People If you feel like the world has gone pickle-crazy, it turns out our obsession with pickles and everything pickle-flavored actually comes with some health benefits. They’re packed with vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones and also helps your body stop bleeding if you’re injured . People have even found a way to get dill into desserts, like with these salty-and-sweet dill pickle cupcakes.

The green color would make these the perfect treat for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

They’re also a fermented food, which means they contain beneficial probiotics, which are essential for gut health.


The high amount of sodium in pickles, however, is a double-edged sword. While they can help restore balance if you’re dehydrated and can even help relieve muscle cramps, too much salt can make you bloated and harm your heart health.

Everything in moderation!

This Stuffed Dill Pickle Appetizer Is All You Need At Your Next Party

By: Augusta Statz

Magic Valley 


If you’re looking for the perfect savory appetizer to serve guests at your next party, look no further. Not only is this appetizer option memorable, but it’s sure to be delicious — especially for a pickle-loving crowd.

(photo by: Little Dairy On The Prairie)


This recipe for Stuffed Dill Pickles from Mid-Life Croissant takes the average dip situation and raises it up a notch. You’re not going to make a dip that’s placed in a bowl and served with pickles and pretzels. Oh no. Instead, you’re going to put the dip inside of a pickle that’s been sliced in half and cored in the middle — an appetizer you’ve likely never seen before.
Perhaps the best part of all is that the recipe only calls for four ingredients: pickles, goat cheese, parsley and oregano.


This appetizer is salty, cheesy, has pickles and is packed full of flavor. What more could you ask for?

And lucky for you, this isn’t the only pickle-filled starter dish that exists. If you’d still prefer a classic dip with plenty of bread slices and more for dunking, this recipe for a pickle cheeseball will change how you serve appetizers once and for all. Because seriously, if your appetizer selection doesn’t involve pickles, you’ve been doing it all wrong.

The recipe comes from Little Dairy On The Prairie and combines cream cheese, dill spice and dill pickles to create the ultimate topping for crackers and more:

And for yet another cheese and pickle appetizer combination your guests are sure to love, you can also easily make non-traditional cheese sticks by adding a dill pickle to the mix.

The recipe from Delish shows how you can transform pickles by stuffing them with mozzarella cheese, rolling them in an egg wash and bread crumbs and baking them right up.

Jalapeño Honey Beef Jerky

Houston Chronicle

Jalapeño Honey Beef jerky (left) made from slices of top round steak (right) at Chuck’s Food Shack on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. Blount marinated the meat overnight and them smoked it for three hours at 165 degrees.

1/2 cup honey
1 jalapeño, thinly sliced (discard seeds for less spice)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1 pound eye of round, very thinly sliced

Instructions: Combine honey, jalapeño, Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper with half a cup of water in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge to cool completely.
Place sliced beef in a sealable plastic bag with the marinade and massage to coat. Chill overnight (at least 10 hours).
Heat oven, smoker or grill to 160 degrees.

Recipe: Jalapeño Honey Beef Jerky

Pat-dry the beef strips with a paper towel. Place beef strips in oven, smoker or grill in a single layer. Cook for 3 hours, until jerky is dark and firm, still pliable although not soft. You should be able to bend the jerky without it breaking. Cooking time will vary depending on how thick your beef strips are, so check often.

Allow to cool and store in an air-tight container for 1 hour. To enjoy it at it’s best, eat within 1 week.
Makes 4 servings
Per serving: 347 calories, 9 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 644 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrates, 0 g dietary fiber, 18 g sugar, 31 g protein
Adapted from nourishmewhole.com




Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Jalapeño and Cilantro

By: Chef Gerard Schultz

North Country Outlook

Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp with Jalapeño and Cilantro

Photo By: Chef Gerard Schultz


I chose to share this recipe because the combination of pork and shellfish are one of the perfect pairings that chefs love to use. This is an easy and elegant appetizer, which combines both shrimp and prosciutto that can be made in a small amount of time. It can also be served on top of a salad or in a small bun as a slider. I like the salty flavor of the prosciutto, the earthy taste of shrimp with the sweet smokey sauce and the spicy jalapeño.


Making the orange chipotle sauce
Yield: approx.  ¾ cup


½  cup & 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1  whole orange
½  tablespoon shallots, diced
½  tablespoon garlic, diced
1  tablespoon parsley, chopped
3  teaspoons Mao Ploy Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
2 ¼  teaspoons chipotle, ground to a paste

Note: Chipotle paste can be purchased at your local grocery store. If not, take whole chipotles, which are smoked jalapeño peppers. Puree them by using a food processor, blender or by dicing and crushing the peppers with the side of a chef’s knife until a smooth consistency is reached.
Wash the orange.


Take a zester or microplane and carefully remove the zest from the orange. The zest is the darker orange skin on the outside, so avoid going deep into the white bitter pith.
Finely dice the zest.
Cut the orange in half.

Juice the orange and strain to remove seeds.
Place a sauté pan on low heat and add orange juice, garlic and shallots, reducing until almost dry. Let cool.
Combine the remaining ingredients with the juice mixture and puree using a food processor, stick mixer or blender.

Making the wrapped shrimp

8  frozen shrimp, 26/30 or 16/20 size, peeled with the tail removed (thaw overnight) – see note
1  tablespoon olive oil
1  teaspoon fresh garlic, chopped
½  teaspoon black pepper
4  slices prosciutto, thinly sliced and cut in half lengthwise (It is easiest to buy already sliced or have the butcher pre slice the prosciutto paper thin for you)
1  jalapeño, washed and thinly round slices with seeds and all
1-2  ounces cilantro leaves
½  cup chipotle orange sauce (see recipe)
Note: The shrimp numbers denote the size by telling how many you can receive per pound. You can purchase shrimp peeled and deveined (P&D) with the tail on or off. I recommend buying them P&D. I recommend buying them P&D tail off for this recipe.


Prepping the shrimp


Toss shrimp in olive oil, garlic and pepper. Marinate for a few hours or overnight.
Cooking the shrimp
The shrimp can be cooked on a hot grill or by using a sauté pan. Cook the shrimp halfway, which should take a few minutes and let cool.
Making the prosciutto wrapped shrimp
Remove cilantro leaves from stems and reserve.
Slice washed jalapeño pepper into thinly round pieces with the seeds.
Cut prosciutto in half lengthwise.
Lay the 8 slices of prosciutto vertically on a clean counter or cutting board. Place ¼ teaspoon of chipotle sauce about 1 inch from the closest end of the prosciutto. Add 1 slice jalapeño, 1 cilantro leaf on top of the sauce followed by one partially cooked shrimp and repeat with chipotle sauce, jalapeño and cilantro leaf on top of the shrimp. Repeat for the remaining 7 slices.


Carefully roll the shrimp side over with the prosciutto slice tucked inside until fully wrapped. These steps can all be completed 1 day in advance.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Take a sheet pan and coat with butter or pan spray. Place the wrapped shrimp on the sheet pan and bake for 7 minutes.


Plating the shrimp


Remove from the oven and immediately place on a serving plate and top each piece with a little chipotle mayonnaise and a cilantro leaf.





Fall for Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder with Jalapeño

The Blade 

By: Mary Bilyeu

Source: Mary Bilyeu

Spice up you fall soup with this jalapeño soup!

It’s soup season.
We may call it fall, but in reality, it’s the time of year when we bring out sweaters and soup recipes to help keep us warm.
With the last precious harvest of fresh sweet corn in northwest Ohio until next year, you can transition from summer’s heat to autumn’s chill with this hearty chowder. (Of course, frozen corn makes a good substitute as winter comes closer and, unfortunately, lingers.) Add both potatoes and sweet potatoes, plus a hint of heat from jalapeños, while cheese and creamed corn add luxurious richness.
This corn chowder is, quite simply, a bowl full of coziness and comfort.

orn and Sweet Potato Chowder with Jalapeño

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced jalapeño
½ cup creamed corn
1 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
1 small-to-medium potato, peeled, finely diced
½ small sweet potato, peeled, diced
½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Minced cilantro
Salt and pepper
Cornbread, for serving

Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, jalapeño, and corn; sauté until the onion and pepper have softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the creamed corn, broth, potato, and sweet potato. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes until the potato and sweet potato are both fork-tender.
Stir in the cheese until it melts, then add the cilantro.
Season with salt and pepper to taste, then serve immediately with cornbread on the side.
Yield: 1 serving½ cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)