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Jalapeno Popper Filled Potato Bites

Everyone has guilty pleasure foods. No matter how "foodie" you think you are, there is a food that you love, but would never want to be eating if Thomas Keller decided to peek in your kitchen window. 

For me, that’s good ole American bar food. Nachos, potato skins, jalapeno poppers, onion rings. Love it. Plus, it just brings up good memories. Do you have any BAD memories of eating chicken wings and drinking a beer? 

Here are two of my great guilt pleasure loves, in one bite. The love child of Jalapeno Poppers and Potato Skins. 

Jalapeno Popper Filled Potato Bites

12 baby red potatoes

3 tbs butter

1/2 cup chopped red onion

4 cloves of garlic, minced

4 medium sized fresh jalapenos, seeded and chopped

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese 

4 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped (you can leave this out if you are vegetarian)

1/2 tsp Kosher or sea salt

1/2 tsp pepper

In a large pot of lightly salted water, boil the potatoes until fork tender, about 18-22 minutes. You want the potatoes to be soft enough to bite into, but firm enough to hold their shape as mini cups. 

Remove from water and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Cut each potato in half, down the middle. You want to cut the potatoes in a way that will allow them to lay as flat as possible. The best may to do this is to just place them on a flat surface and see how they naturally want to lay and cut parallel to the surface they are sitting on. If you cut them according to what looks nice, they may roll all over once they are filled. 

Once they are cut, remove most of the inside with a mellon baller, leaving enough of the walls and bottom intact to hold the filling. 

Make sure and save that potato middles you just scooped out, you will add them to the filling. 

In a pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onions and cook until opaque. Add the jalapenos and stir, cooking until Jalapenos are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat and add the potato middles and mash with a potato masher until combined. Return to heat and add the bacon, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper and stir until cheese is melted. Allow to cool, then fill the potatoes. Serve warm. 

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Julie at Burnt Carrots January 18, 2012 um 1:40 pm

Oh! Caught – I had wings last night….. (such a guilty pleasure). These look fantastic and perfect for a good football game!


Shawnda January 18, 2012 um 3:03 pm

I go weak in the knees for fried mozzarella sticks with marinara. I’m totally not ashamed of that either.

The potato-poppers are a total genius idea – love it!


Jackie January 18, 2012 um 3:34 pm

Potato poppers!! Love that name 🙂


Kelly January 18, 2012 um 4:00 pm

What a brilliant idea, I love these! Usually making poppers with the entire jalapeno is too much for me so this would be perfect! 🙂


Cassie January 18, 2012 um 4:03 pm

This is a fun appetizer! I think my husband will adore it too!


Tina@flourtrader January 19, 2012 um 3:55 am

Cool idea putting all the flavors of a popper into a potato! I am sure the jalapeno does give it a nice kick of heat. Another great one for entertaining or just snacking on movie night-thanks Jackie!


Bridget January 19, 2012 um 10:42 am

jalapeno poppers and potato skins are two of my biggest guilty pleasures. I love the idea of them together – can’t wait to try ’em!


Deanna January 19, 2012 um 4:08 pm

I am all about the bar food too. I love poppers. And potato skins and now I wish the super bowl would just hurry up and get here.


Bree January 25, 2012 um 1:29 pm

Yum…bar food is my favorite indulgence as well!


Colleen Bierstine January 25, 2012 um 1:50 pm

This is SUCH a good idea. Why did I never think of this before? I totally agree about bar food. Give me anything deep-fried and I am there!


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