As you prepare this recipe, be sure to be very careful as you slice and clean your peppers. The pepper oil that gives hot peppers their “spice” is called capsaicin. It is particularly concentrated in the seeds inside the peppers and in the white inner membrane that holds the seeds.
8ouceblock of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
⅓cup bacon bits or 3 pieces of bacon, cooked crispy and broken into pieces
8 to 10pcsjalapeños
Turn your oven on to preheat at 400 degrees.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese until it is smooth and creamy. Add the shredded cheese and blend again until it is fully combined. Add the salt, pepper, and minced garlic and mix. Stir in the bacon bits until fully incorporated.
Wash your jalapeno peppers well and pat them dry. Use a very sharp knife to split the peppers in half lengthwise. Use the tip of the knife to scrape out the seeds and all of the white membrane in the interior of the peppers. Use caution as you do this because the inside tissues of the pepper contain a lot of the oils that make a pepper hot. Getting the oil on your skin can cause discomfort, and getting those oils in your eyes can be very dangerous. You may want to wear gloves to protect your skin.
Use a tablespoon to scoop out some of the cream cheese mixture and spread it in the jalapeno cavity. Place each pepper in a 9 by 13 baking pan as you fill them. You may have extra filling left over.
Bake the pan in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the cheese is slightly browned and melted.
Sprinkle the jalapeno poppers with Parmesan cheese after they come out of the oven and serve them hot.
This oil will stick to your skin and can make your hands and fingers feel hot. If you accidentally get the oils on your face or in your eyes, you will be miserable as a chemical burn will ensue. For this reason, many people use gloves when cutting and deseeding jalapeno peppers in the kitchen. But what if it is too late and you have jalapeno oil all over your hands and they are feeling uncomfortably hot? Are you just stuck feeling this way until the oil finally wears off? Waiting for the oils to wear off is actually not a great idea, because the chances are that you will eventually accidentally touch your eyes or rub your nose and then your face will feel like it is on fire too! What is a cook to do?The first thing you can do is to scrub your hands very well with soap and water. You may want to use dishwashing liquid to try to dissolve as much of the oil as possible. Lather your hands well and wash up under warm running water. You can also make a paste of baking soda and water to scrub your hands.Another tip for removing the hot oils is to slather your hands with some sort of dairy product. Dairy has casein, a form of protein that can break down hot pepper oil. Rubbing your hands with milk, yogurt, or sour cream may help soothe the burn. Oil of almost any kind can help get rid of the oils that will stubbornly cling to your skin. Olive oil or vegetable oil may help remove the burning oils, so slather your hands with these substances. An added bonus is that these oils can add moisture to your hands, leaving them smooth and soft in the aftermath. Capsaicin dissolves better in alcohol than it does in water, so getting rid of hot pepper oil might be a use for all of those bottles of hand sanitizer that you may have sitting around. One thing to remember is that the oils can hide in any tiny crack on your hands. Pay close attention to the folds of skin on your knuckles, the areas in between your fingers, and under your fingernails. The oil can cling to you for up to a few days, so clean off your skin as soon as possible. If you have particularly sensitive skin, cutting a few jalapenos can cause days of misery. Be very careful when you handle these delicious peppers.