Sunday, January 10, 2010

Shrimp Stuffed Jalapenos

Jim and I fell in love with the Jalapeno Poppers that you can find at restaurants, but we weren't in love the all of the calories and fat that came with the fried bundles of joy. I came across a recipe blog a few years ago that had a baked version of the Jalapeno Popper that tasted pretty good and didn't make you miss the fried version. Well, I found another version that added shrimp to the mix, and it is quite tasty!

For 4 halves of poppers:

3 fresh jalapenos, cut in half and ribs/seeds removed
1/2 brick of cream cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese (a smokey cheese would also be good!)
6 shrimp, cut up in to bite size pieces
dash salt, dash pepper, dash garlic powder
1 Tbsp chopped up fresh dill

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix up all ingredients except for the jalapenos. Once combined, scoop cheese/shrimp mixture into jalapenos. Place into oven for 20 minutes. Take out and eat!

If you are concerned that the jalapeno is going to be to hot, you can boil them for a few minutes before you add the cheese mixture to them. Boiling takes some of the heat out of them. Next time I think I will also add a little paprika to a ancho chili powder for a little more flavor. I tried the shrimp two different ways,,, mixing it up in the cheese mixture and then just adding it to the top of the jalapeno. Both ways worked fine, the shrimp didn't dry out when it was on top of the cheese mixture.

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