1TablespoonSerrano Peppers/ Add more to up the spice level
2teaspoonsAdobo Sauce/ Optional
1juicedLimeYou can squeeze more on top after cooking for a pop of freshness.
Cleaning and Preparing The Jalapenos
Wash and dry the jalapenos
Slice jalapenos in half lengthwise. Try to preserve the stem for presentation. Clean the inside and make sure to remove all the white parts inside. Which is called the rib. That is the super spicy part of the jalapeno.
In a large mixing bowl, add cream cheese, pimento cheese, onion, serrano, cilantro, garlic salt, lime, salt and mix well. Optional: Add adobo sauce to create a deeper flavor profile. Or make two batches of each option.
Bacon Tip: Fold over the Bacon in half lengthwise, then cut down the middle to split the bacon in half. Splitting the Bacon helps with the cooking of the bacon. This helps render the bacon fat out quicker. Secondly gives you more strips of bacon to wrap the jalapenos Sprinkle the tops of the jalapenos with fresh cracked black pepper.
Fill each jalapeno with around 2 tablespoons. Try to add as much as you can without overfilling.
Use a cookie sheet with a wire rack on top. This will give you the best finished texture. The oven's heat can then get underneath the jalapeno poppers. If they are just laid out on the cookie sheet the bottoms will be moister than the rest of the popper.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 30 to 40 minutes or until the bacon is evenly cooked.
Texafied Bonus Round
Feeling like adding more heat/spice I suggest using some poblano and habanero.
The poppers freeze well.
The addition of shrimp works excellently.
They are safe on the countertops at your party for up to 4 hours
Add goats cheese to add a level of tang (not a Texas thing)
Mix in chopped brisket for a real surprise your guest will freak out over.