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Bento Series #8 — Jalapeño Poppers Salad

Jalapeño poppers are a very easy treat to make. They are great for appetizers, as hors d’oeuvre at parties, as a dish to bring to potlucks or barbeques. They are little peppers filled with cheese wrapped in bacon. Now some people might be scared to try them because Jalapeños have fame for being spicy. However most of the spiciness is located within the seeds and ribs, so if you clean them really well there is nothing to fear!

Some tips when handling Jalapeños. Use rubber gloves so that none of the capsaicin (the spiciness) gets under your nails, which will cause you some discomfort. Also DO NOT touch your eyes when handling the seeds and ribs or you will be in a world of pain and agony (queue sinister music). But other than that they are super safe ^_^

Bento Components:

  • Jalapeño Poppers
  • Salad Greens
  • Sausage Octopus
  • Radish Flowers
  • Lemon Wedge

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Jalapeño Poppers–

Ingredients:

– 8 jalapeños (about 2 per person)

-1 block of cream cheese at room temperature

-3 green onion stalks, diced

-bacon (1 slice per jalapeño)

-1/2 tsp pepper

-1 Tbsp vegetable or coconut oil.

Note: You will need toothpicks

Put on your gloves and slice all of your  jalapeños in half . Do not separate the stem, it looks pretty with it on and is a nice little handle. With a spoon remove all of the seeds and ribs (the white membrane) inside each jalapeño half. Give them a quick rinse then set them to dry on some paper towel. Clean out your cutting board, discard all the jalapeño guts and your gloves.

In a small mixing bowl add the cream cheese, green onions, and pepper. Mix them all together, and set aside. Cut all of your bacon strips in half. Now you are ready to start assembling.

Get one jalapeño half, fill with 1 Tbsp of the cream cheese mixture. Make sure you distribute it evenly. Then wrap the whole thing in one of the bacon pieces. Secure with a toothpick. Repeat this process for each one of the jalapeño halves.

Note: If you want to start this dish ahead for a party, then this is where you would stop. You should place all of the poppers in a baking sheet, cover them with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge until you are ready to make them.

Grease the bottom of your baking sheet with the vegetable oil and place all of your poppers on it. Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Now remember that these little pockets of goodness are filled with cheese which tends to melt, so you want your heat to be pretty low, or you would end with pools of cheese around your poppers instead of having it inside of them. (Insert suggestive comment)

Bake for 5o minutes. As soon as they are out, place them on a serving plate that has been lined with paper towel. You can serve immediately, or let them cool to room temperature. Either way they are delicious!

 

Note: For the bento I just let the poppers cool. Then fill the bottom of my bento box with salad greens. I added radishes, green onions and lemon, all of which will be mixed in when you eat your lunch. The poppers and the sausage can be microwaved on low for a few seconds at a time until they reach a temperature you enjoy.

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