Festive foods take on new meaning when made with serious craft beer. And who doesn’t like these spicy bites of gooey bacon, cheese goodness?
This tasty recipe comes our way from Chico, California-based Sierra Nevada Brewing and it uses the brewery’s classic Pale Ale, 5.6% hop-forward masterpiece that helped launch today’s modern craft beer movement.
These hearty bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed jalapeño poppers are simple to make, party-proven, and the beer really adds something.
So let’s do this!
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Cheese Jalapeño Poppers
1/4 cup Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
12 jalapeños, roughly the same size
8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
3 green onions, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
12 thin slices uncooked bacon, halved crosswise
Kosher salt and pepper, to season
Heat oven to 400°F.
Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds and seed pods with a spoon. Use gloves to avoid burning.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, green onions, garlic, and Pale Ale. Season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine.
Spoon cheese filling, about 1 tablespoon, into halved jalapeños. Wrap with bacon slices, tucking the bacon under itself on top. The bacon will shrink in the oven.
Arrange stuffed jalapeños on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and bake for 30–35 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned, and the bacon is crispy.
Open another beer and let peppers cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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(All image credits: Sierra Nevada Brewing)