Jun 15, 2011

Jalapeno Poppers...Baked and Spicy Deliciousness

Last year a new sushi place opened in our downtown area. Dotombori. It is pretty unassuming as far as suburban sushi restaurants go. They don't venture out of the American palette too far but what they do they do well...especially during the Mon-Sat happy hour where their specialty rolls are $5-$7. The first time we stopped in they had an appetizer on the menu called a Heart Attack. It is a concoction of spicy tuna, cream cheese, and for the life of me I have no idea what else but I can tell you that it is wrapped in a jalapeno and fried to a crisp then drizzled with some delicious random sauces. A
fter our first visit to Dotombori we were hooked...what I was not hooked on, however, is the $6.95 price tag that comes with the Heart Attack and the 6 measly pieces that come with it...which is more like 3 jalapenos cut in half. This week I decided to whip up our own poppers. No, I didn't use spicy tuna or delicious drizzling sauces nor did I fry them. I merely made a traditional popper coated in panko breading and baked. Simply, spicy, and delicious. Here is the play by play...

Jalepeno Poppers

You will need:

  • Jalapenos...duh...
  • Cream Cheese
  • Panko Bread Crumbs aka Japanese bread crumbs
  • flax eggs or an egg wash for the panko to stick to

1. Cut your jalapeno in half long wise. Be careful not to touch the seeds or that heat will stick to anything you touch like your eyes or mouth. Yup, been there done that.

2. Scrape out the seeds and white rind with a spoon - if you have a grapefruit spoon with the little teeth on it that works great.

3. Scoop some cream cheese and spread it straight into your jalapeno...this in turn makes it s popper. :)

4. Dip your cheesy popper into the egg wash or flax wash and quickly toss into your panko bowl to coat with the bread crumbs. Take it out and place on a baking sheet.

5. Continue the process until all poppers are filled and coated. Stick in the oven at 350 for 15-20 min.

6. Once the panko is brown take out your poppers and top with a bit of siracha for a little added heat.

YUMM!! So what are you cooking tonight?? Feel free to leave a comment with your latest and greatest!!

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