12 fresh jalapeño peppers
8 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese*
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
12 slices bacon, cut in half
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and center membrane. Set aside.
Using a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, and paprika together until combined. Salt to taste – I add just a pinch. Spoon filling equally among all 24 jalapeño halves.
Wrap each stuffed jalapeño with a half slice of bacon and stick a toothpick through the center to assure the bacon stays in place. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until the bacon is crisp to your liking.Read full preparation method