Baked Jalapeno Poppers

Holland America Line is teaming up with America’s Test Kitchen to offer an enticing selection of live onboard cooking shows and hands-on workshops where guests will learn foolproof techniques and user-friendly recipes to make delectable dishes with confidence.

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  • 6 slices bacon
  • 12 jalapeño chilies, halved lengthwise with stems left intact, seeds and ribs removed (Use a teaspoon to scrape the seeds and ribs from the halves chilies.)
  • Salt
  • 4 ounces mild cheddar cheese, shredded (1cup)
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (1 cup)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons panko bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin


Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 500 degrees. Set wire rack in rimmed baking sheet. Cook bacon in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until crispy, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer to paper towel-lined plate. When bacon is cool enough to handle, chop fine and set aside.

Season jalapeños with salt and place cut side down on wire rack. Bake until just beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Remove jalapeños from oven and reduce oven temperature to 450 degrees. When cool enough to handle, flip jalapeños cut side up.

Mix cheddar, Monterey Jack, cream cheese, scallions, cilantro, panko, gg yolk, lime juice, cumin and bacon together in bowl until thoroughly combined. Divide cheese mixture among Jalapeños, pressing into cavities. Bake until jalapeños are tender and filling is lightly browned, 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.  Serve.

To Make Ahead
The filled and unbaked jalapeños can be covered and refrigerated for up to 1 day. Add 3 minutes to the baking time.

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