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Jun12

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Nothing shows dad you care like … bacon. 

Okay, maybe that’s only a little true for all of us bacon-lovers. However, dad is sure to love a healthy treat that reminds him of a less-healthy flavorful indulgence: jalapeno poppers.

Traditionally, jalapeno poppers are stuffed with flavored cream cheese, but for this recipe, we’ve swapped it out for non-dairy cashew cream flavored with onion and spices.

And if bacon wasn’t enough meaty goodness for a deserving dad, we stuffed the insides of these spicy jalapenos with smoky sausage, turning a regular popper into a hearty bite.

For the sausage, we used Paleovalley 100% Grass Fed Beef Sticks, simply because they’re loaded with just-of-the-grill flavor, and are pre-cooked so you get to spend more time with dad and less time in the kitchen this Father’s Day.

Be sure to wrap these with pastured bacon for an even healthier option.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Serves: 24 poppers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 12 small jalapeno peppers (2-3”)
  • 12 slices pastured bacon, cut in half
  • 6 Paleovalley 100% Grass Fed Beef Sticks
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ sliced red bell pepper
  • ¼ red onion
  • 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika

Equipment:

  • Blender or food processor
  • Baking sheet
  • Toothpicks (optional)

Directions:

  1. To make the cashew cream, drain the soaked cashews and add all of the ingredients MINUS the jalapenos and bacon to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, then set aside.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400ºF. Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise and scoop out the interior and seeds. 
  3. Place a dollop of cashew cream into the cavities of each pepper. 
  4. Slice beef sticks in half once down the middle, then once again lengthwise, down each half. Set on top of the cashew cream in the center of the jalapeno.
  5. Wrap the jalapeno gently with a slice of bacon.
  6. Secure bacon with a toothpick, if using, and place on a baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the bacon is crispy, then remove.
  8. Serve warm.

These jalapeno poppers are stuffed with our smoky beef sticks as an alternative to uncooked sausage. They make excellent flavor and protein additions to meals, but also make satisfying snacks on the go. Check out all 5 flavors HERE!