1tbsphot sauceI prefer Tabasco or Frank's, but feel free to use your preferred hot sauce.
3stripsbaconcut in half
Wash and slice the jalapenos lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds of the halved jalapenos and set aside.
For the filing: in a small bowl, mix the cream cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, cheddar cheese, hot sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. *For a little spice, add the seeds of 1-2 jalapenos. For a lot of spice, add the seeds of 3-4 jalapenos.
Fill each halved jalapeno with the cream cheese filing.
For the bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, preheat oven to 400℉. Cut the bacon strips in half. Wrap half a slice of bacon around 6 jalapeno pepper halves filled with the filing. Bake at 400℉ for approximately 20 minutes or until bacon fat is rendered and is cooked to your liking.
For the deep fried jalapeno poppers, heat the vegetable oil in a medium pot on medium-high heat. To prepare the remaining 6 jalapeno pepper halves, set up the flour, beaten egg and panko in 3 separate bowls. Dip into the flour, egg, flour, egg, and panko. Fry the breaded jalapeno poppers until golden brown. Remove and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.
Each jalapeno makes 2 poppers, so keeping that in mind when portioning out your servings.
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