Friday, November 14, 2008

Butt Burners -- Eating them is only HALF the fun!

Ready to try my Butt Burners? I'm not sayin' they're great for you. But they are great!

Fair disclosure -- my SIL, an amateur triathlon jock, laid the foundation for this idea when she served up homemade jalapeno poppers at her house one family get-together. Her fabulous version is wrapped in a big honkin' piece of bacon and dripping with cheese. They were decadent and I ate more than my fair share as the wheels were turning in my head.

My recipe resembles hers, with the added bonus that you don't have to mess with raw bacon. In fact, (and don't you love taking advertising at face value...) the package of bacon bits claims that eating "bits" cuts the fat of bacon in half. Money!

And did you know that jalapenos have more vitamin C than oranges? Or so I was told last Friday. Eat a dozen of these babies and you've got yourself a balanced meal, Houston-style, which at last check was a contender for "Fattest City" again.

Cream Cheese
Shredded Cheddar Cheese (preferably sharp)
Real Bacon Bits

Cut the jalapenos in half. Scoop out the seeds and most of the veins (this is where most of the heat comes from.) If you're a bad-ass, leave some veins in. If you're from up north, drop the jalapeno shells in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds and continue from there.

Spoon Cream cheese to the top of the jalapeno shells.

Get out two small bowls. Pour bacon bits in one and cheddar in the other.

One by one, turn the jalapenos face down into the bacon bits making sure a generous amount sticks to the cream cheese. Then turn the jalapenos over into the cheddar or sprinkle the cheddar on top of each jalapeno. Squish the cheese on by hand a little so it doesn't fall off before it melts on.

Bake them at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Medium-sized jalapenos are ready at 12 minutes.

Come back and tell me what a rock star I am for posting this recipe.

Helpful Hints: don't bother to make less than 12 jalapenos because they are really good cold the next day. If you wear contacts, wear a plastic bag over your hand. Ask me how I know?


chacha said...

Ok, those sound really good.

Too bad I don't eat pig anymore. When my kitchen is back in normal I may have to make those for the husband and then maybe make a couple for myself without bacon or with fake bacon.

Tooj said...

What? Us Northerners couldn't take the heat? LOL (you might be right when it comes to me, but NOT my hubs...he eats those horrible things). I love Mexican food, but I start sweating on my nose as soon as I walk into a restaurant and smell the salsa.

Michelle said...

Oh yum, these sound delicious. I know my hubby loves jalapenos so he'd go crazy for these. Thank you for sharing :)

Girly Stuff said...

I have decided that this coming Friday is Girly Stuff's first HH family-style. And I will make the butt burners.

On a side-note, does HH at your house always include a mix of Paul Simon and Kanye West. Because you guys were rockin' the casa last night when I called! Tell MMA he is quite the mix artist. A lot like Lindsay Lohan's girlfriend!

Woman Interrupted said...

GS has clearly forgotten that next Friday is Girl's Night Out.

Miss Priss said...

I love butt burners!!! I can't get enough of them! Your special request has shown up on my blog :)

Aggie2percenter said...

Dammit! Those are good!!! I had them again for lunch today.

Angie said...

Those look so good! And a friend at work had the same contact issue last time she made homemade salsa :(

Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh so these are butt burners. Hah. I have made some like this and posted awhile back. Mine just have cream cheese and bacon wrapped around 'em. So good. Last batch I made were extra hot and I couldn't even enjoy them as much. And I like hot.