I was never a jalapeno popper person before. I know they are a super popular appetizer and party food. You can even get them at Jack in the Box! But, they never appealed to me before. As the years go by, though, I become more tolerant and desirous of spicy food. I feel like my taste buds are always changing (I can appreciate cilantro now!) and all of a sudden the other day, I had a hankerin’ for a bacon wrapped jalapeno popper!
My dilemma was this: while I did, in fact, want a bacon wrapped jalapeno popper, I knew that I would regret eating them once I was through because of how fattening they are. Solution: make the ultimate healthy bacon wrapped jalapeno popper that would not just satisfy my craving in a “good for me” way, they would taste good to everyone else who had them, too, whether or not they were trying to eat well! Challenge accepted.
I know you’re looking at the turkey bacon and saying, “Come on, Vanessa. This is not real bacon. It’s not going to be as good,” but just hear me out. When was the last time you had turkey bacon? You probably can’t even remember, if you’ve ever had it at all! This stuff is pretty good. I’m all for real bacon, but when you want to cut back a little, go ahead and have some turkey bacon!
My husband, who is is a lover of bacon and all things delicious, said that they are so good they were an actual substitute for the traditional bacon wrapped jalapeno popper, and then he said that he thought he liked them BETTER because they are lighter and less greasy, so he could eat more of them. Challenge smashed.
I cut my bacon all wrong, so when it cooked it curled up and started to come off of the cheesy stuffed jalapeno. If I had cut it a different way, it would have been perfect and stayed on the jalapenos very nicely and neatly. See the recipe for specific instructions on how to cut your bacon!
So delicious and perfect for your next party. I dare you to take the challenge and serve these healthy turkey bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers at your next get together in lieu of the traditional ones. Then come back and let me know how much everyone loved them!