Jalapeno poppers work as popular appetizers

Recipe Finder

March 07, 2001|By Ellen Hawks | Ellen Hawks,SUN STAFF

Dorothy Hoover of Eldersburg asked, "Does anyone have a recipe for jalapeno poppers, which are served at many restaurants as appetizers? They are not so hot but can be served with sauces that are hot. I want to make them at home. ... "

Liz Graham of Pylesville responded with a recipe that she is sure is the one requested. She calls her recipe Goodbye Mr. Lips.

Goodbye Mr. Lips Jalapeno Poppers

Serves 4 as hors d'oeuvres

1 (14-ounce) can whole jalapenos

1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar or jack cheese

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 cup flour

2 to 2 1/2 cups vegetable oil

Behead the peppers, scoop out the seeds and membranes, and wash thoroughly. Stuff solidly with cheese. Combine eggs and milk. Drop jalapenos in flour, then in egg-and-milk mixture, then in flour again. Let sit on waxed paper while coating settles.

Fill skillet with 1 inch of oil and heat to approximately 350 degrees over high heat. Fry jalapenos for 1 minute, turning after 30 seconds. Remove with slotted spoon to paper-towel-lined plate. Serve immediately.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "These are soft and molten on the inside, with a more delicate fried coating than the ones you get at restaurants. Because of the slick skin of the jalapenos, the coating may slide right off in the oil, but the results are still tasty. I would serve these alongside a simple, rustic salsa, or even a ramekin of ranch dressing."

Recipe requests

* Art Cox of Berlin is seeking a cake that "our elderly aunt calls Midnight Chocolate Cake. She says it is a very chocolaty, delicious cake."

* Margaret Metz of Bel Air writes that she has lost her recipe for Santa's Whiskers, which is a great favorite with her family. The batter contains coconut and pieces of candied cherries, red and green.

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