Bratwurst sitting in a creamy and cheesy filling, all nestled on top of a spicy jalapeno. And, wait for it…. all wrapped up in bacon!
Therefore, these deserve to be called Jalapeno Bratwurst Poppers (with bacon)!
It is always great to come home after a fun little vacation with my sweet family. If you follow me on Instagram, I shared with you just a little bit of what we did. Nothing like taking a
6 hours! little road trip to see a rock concert with my family.
I actually get very homesick… even when my family is around me many miles away from home. Unfortunately, my Levi was unable to go with us this time. But, I guess that’s what happens when they grow up and have a busy schedule of their own.
I always seem to miss being in the kitchen when we’re on vacation. And, eating out for four days just simply isn’t very fun for me. I’m not the only one when it comes to being a “critic”. My boys and Justin are quite the food critics when it comes to experiencing the food and atmosphere of many restaurants… whenever we go out.
It’s always great when we get back home and cook up our favorite dishes in the comfort of our own home. What about you? Do you sometimes miss the home cooked meals when you’re away on a trip?
Jalapeno Bratwurst Poppers are one of my family’s favorite spicy foods. It’s fast and simple to put together! Instead of a bun for your brät, you’ve got a cheese filled jalapeno to put it in. And of course, wrapping it all up in bacon is always a winner, too!
While your bräts are boiling for 8 minutes, prepare the filling.
Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and grated cheese. (I like to use pepper jack cheese.) You could be more bold and add some red pepepr flakes to the creamy mixture, if you’d like.
Slice jalapenos into halves. Tip: Use a spoon to scrape out all of the seeds (and membranes) to decrease the amount of burn(!) on your hands. Or just use latex gloves.
Fill each jalapeno with the creamy mixture and top with the (precooked) bräts. You may also cut the bräts in half to fit some small jalapenos. Then, they are party size!
Here’s one of the best parts… Wrap the bacon around the whole brät and jalapeno creation while just tucking the ends under the jalapeno. Set onto a baking pan.
Tip: If using thick bacon, fry it a little bit. By doing this, it will cook evenly with the already precooked brät. If the bacon is thin, it will cook just fine in the oven and there is no need to precook it.
Bake in a preheated 400 degrees oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Or until the bacon is golden and crispy.
Even if you’re bringing these to the next football party, or just need a fun meal…these Jalapeno Bratwurst Poppers are perfect for any time! My boys especially love to have these when they come home for lunch. Seeing their eyes light up means that these are amazing, to say the least!
Another great dish to get your “jalapeno popper” ON, is some Creamy Havarti Jalapeno Mac & Cheese! But, if you like your jalapenos fried… here are some Jalapeno Bottle Caps!
Enjoy, my friends!
- 3 large jalapenos
- 6 bratwurst, flavor of your choice (I used Habanero.)
- ½ cup grated cheese (I love to use pepper jack cheese.)
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup mayonnaise
- 1 pound bacon (Depends on how thick and thin the bacon is. You may not need the full pound.)
- Boil bräts in water or beer for 8 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Slice jalapenos into halves.
- Combine the cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, and grated cheese in a medium mixing bowl.
- Fill each jalapeno with the creamy mixture and top with the (precooked) bräts.
- Wrap the bacon around the whole brät and jalapeno creation while just tucking the ends under the jalapeno. Set onto a baking pan.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Or until the bacon is golden and crispy.