These baked jalapeno poppers are perfect for parties, football games or just as an everyday snack! They’re baked, not fried.
You guys, I cannot remember the last time I struggled so much to get a photo. Getting this shot was absolute torture. Not because of lighting or settings or misbehaving props. No, what happened here was much more sinister. I TASTED one of these gorgeous, ooey gooey baked jalapeno poppers before setting up the photo. I had to make sure they were good, right? Well they were so good that I couldn’t focus on getting the shot. I stared at these mascarpone and chive-filled poppers as the smell of freshly baked cheese wafted through the air, as they beckoned me with their seductive straight-from-the oven heat. “EAT ME,” they said “before we cool off and our cheddar no longer oozes and our pepper oils no longer tickle your tongue with fire.”
“FINE,” I snapped. “I will.”
Cheesy Baked Jalapeno Poppers
- 10 jalapenos
- 3 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 2.5 ounces mild cheddar cheese, grated
- 1 teaspoon chives, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons half & half, divided
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Using plastic gloves (if possible), slice the jalapenos open lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Set aside.
- By hand or in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, evenly combine the mascarpone, cheddar cheese, chives and 1 tablespoon of half and half.
- Stuff the mixture into each jalapeno half.
- Whisk together the egg, 2 tablespoons half and half, salt, paprika and garlic powder in a small bowl.
- Place the flour and panko in separate bowls and line them up with the egg mixture to create a breading station.
- Dip a jalapeno in the flour and tap it to remove the excess. Next, dip it in the egg mixture and then finish with the panko. Scoop extra panko on top and gently press it in place.
- Place the jalapeno on the prepared baking sheet and repeat the process with the rest of the jalapenos.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Serve hot.
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Nami | Just One Cookbook says
Growing up with panko fried food, I have a major weakness to anything fried with panko… :) I had never tried jalapeno with panko and wonder how it’s like! This is a great appetizer dish and will be quite a big hit for sure.
Stephanie @ 52 Kitchen Adventures says
Yum!! I had a similar experience with the doughnuts I just made. Only a few were left by the time I took photos!
Oh so very tempting, I’m very impressed you were able to get these photos! I love your recipe;-)
RebeccaSubbiah RD (@chowandchatter) says
wow they look good and moreish as the Brits say
Carolyn Chan says
I can totally understand how difficult it would be to stop eating just one of these – they look AMAZING !
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
They look so good and love that you were able to bake them rather than fry!
What a unique treat. So clever!
Katie B. of HousewifeHowTos.com says
Jalapenos and marscapone? I just licked my monitor!
Sawsan (Chef in disguise) says
Nothing beats an iirresistable treat that whispers eat me :)
Tina @ More Please Recipes says
Yum! I’m doing an upcoming recipe for turkey chili. For the collaboration I’m doing, the chili is mild, so these will satisfy my desire for spice. Awesome recipe!
Funny post! That’s the toughest thing in food photography – not eating the subject! Hard not to do sometimes. Anyway, these look terrific. All the flavors I love in one tasty bite. Good stuff – thanks.
I’d have trouble not devouring these too! Yum!
My husband doesn’t like jalepenos, but I’m thinking that’s even more reason to make some of these right now – so I can eat them all myself!!
These look amazing!! However, am I missing something on the recipe?? It calls for 3 tablespoons of half and half. I only see you using 1 tablespoon. I wanted to clarify before I made them. Can you send the answer back to my email address also??
Savory Simple says
The other 2 tablespoons go in the egg mixture.
Thanks for adding it in the recipe post! :)
Scott Borel says
ya know….this looks really good. I have an upcoming lttle gathering and I think Ill make this. Ill put a little mapkin next to it with your website on it for credit!