Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

This is another yumm-o APPETIZER recipe perfect for Super Bowl Sunday. Now, if you don't make the same mistake I did, your "poppers" won't actually POP open like mine did (more on that in the recipe tip)! Even though mine aren't the PRETTIEST things around, they are definitely some of the TASTIEST!

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
1 package cream cheese, room temp
1/2 to 3/4 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
Dash of garlic powder
About 10 to 12 jalapenos, capped, halved, and seeded
12 slices uncooked bacon, halved

In a bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar, and garlic powder. Spoon mixture into the jalapeno halves and then tightly wrap half a slice of bacon around each. (You may want to stick some wet toothpicks in them so the bacon stays put—I did NOT!) Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the bacon is sizzling and seems done. I like to turn the broiler on the last few minutes to crisp it up a little better.

TIP: I thought I would cut some fat by only using a 1/3 piece of bacon wrapped around each popper. However, I did not use toothpicks. If you decide that 1/3 is plenty, DEFINITELY use the toothpicks or they will turn out looking like mine! :)

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