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GameDay Jalapeno Popper Piggies

Break out of your typical, grilled jalapeno-popper rut and try this out for size!  It has all of the flavors we love, fresh and spicy jalapenos, creamy cheeses and crisp bacon, BUT it also has another level of smokiness with the beef sausage while all wrapped in a warm, pretzel like pastry dough.

So whether your an avid football fan, need a new Thanksgiving appetizer or you just want to curl up on a cool day with a movie and snacks…these rock, my friend!

The Starting Lineup

  • 3 sheets puff pastry dough, thawed
  • 1 package (36) Lil Smokies
  • 18 jalapeno peppers, halved
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Flour (for dusting); Kosher salt (garnish)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees; line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cut off each jalapeno pepper top; halve and discard the seeds.
  3. In a medium sized bowl, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheddar and crumbled bacon.  Fill the halved peppers with the cheese and bacon mixture.  Press a “Smokie” on top of the filling.
  4. Lightly flour a clean surface and unfold the thawed puff pastry dough.  Cut each dough rectangle into 6 equal strips vertically and then in half crosswise, to create 12 pieces.  *you may have to gently roll out each dough piece a bit to wrap around filled pepper.
  5. Wrap each stuffed pepper in one of the cut puff pastry strips and seal with a bit of egg wash; seam on the bottom.  Place on prepared baking sheet.  Once finished with all, brush the remaining egg wash overtop and sprinkle on a bit of the kosher salt.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, till golden brown; serve warm.

 

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Trashy Tot’chos

Yes, I said the word “trashy” to a delicious recipe.  This isn’t something you want to make for an elegant dinner party, but it’s fantastic for your game day crew of friends!!  This has all the flavors one craves while watching the big game, it’s easy to share and more importantly it involves Velveeta and pickled jalapenos…which reminds me of the state fair, small town football or baseball games, backyard all-American grill outs, drive-in theatres.  Basically all good memories that are completely UNpretentious!

Now I’m not claiming to be a nutritionist or dietician, but in moderation (aka Sunday Funday) this can be enjoyed with a few cold ones!  This is “trashy” after all ;)!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • Velveeta cheese sauce (16oz), plus 2 Tbsp milk
  • Taco seasoning packet (or your own blend of mexican seasonings)

Garnish

  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Black olives
  • White onions, diced
  • Green onions, sliced
  • Pickled jalapeno slices
  • Bacon, cooked & crumbled  

Preheat the oven to the tater-tot package instructions (mine was 425 degrees).  Add the package of tots to a large baking sheet and cook till crispy (about 25 minutes). 

 Once you add the tater-tots to the oven, you can start the ground beef and heat up the pinto beans.  Here is where you can add the taco seasoning mix (or you own spices i.e I used cumin, ground new mexican chili powder, salt & pepper, coriander, etc) to the ground beef.  You can also doctor up the pinto beans as well, if you wish.  Cook the beef through.  (*If you chose to also garnish with bacon, make sure that you’re frying it up now 🙂 

 Once everything is heated up and ready to eat it’s assembly time!! 

  First heat up the new Velveeta’s Cheese Sauce in the microwave according to package directions (*also whisk in 2Tbsp of milk to the two packets of cheese to thin out a bit), and have all of the other garnish’s in small bowls for everyone to top to their taste.

Alternatively, I chose one LARGE platter that everyone can share while watching the game!  I first layed down the crispy tater-tots and topped those with a generous amount of beans and spiced ground beef.  Then poured that gooey, cheesy sauce over top and sprinkled on black olives, onions, pickled jalapenos and finally a few dollops of sour cream and a salsa drizzle.  

Grab a couple plates, a few forks and a LOT of napkins!!!  Go Cardinals!! 🙂


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