Bacon Wrapped Jalepeño Poppers

By contributing writer Tessa

We have loved jalapeño poppers in our household for years!  They make a great appetizer or a fun football snack.  Everyone always loves these – it’s just an added bonus they are free of gluten and all grains!

Jalapeño poppers make a great appetizer or a fun football snack. Everyone always loves these. They just happen to be gluten free and grain free.

There is a lot of room for creativity with this recipe.  I have shared our most frequently used recipe, but if your family is not huge on spice, then make this a bubbly hot dip to be served with fresh vegetables, crackers, or bread chunks!  The bacon can be wrapped around the poppers or cooked and chopped and then mixed into the cheese filling.

And if you are dairy free, I have even made these with a cashew cream cheese and Daiya cheese shreds!

However you make them, enjoy some popper amazingness!

Jalapeño poppers make a great appetizer or a fun football snack. Everyone always loves these. They just happen to be gluten free and grain free.

Bacon Wrapped Jalepeño Poppers
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 12 jalapeños, seeded and halved lengthwise
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (low fat is fine, not fat free)
  • 4 ounces grated sharp flavored cheese (play with the varieties)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pickled jalapeños (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional)
  • 12 thin slices favorite bacon, cut in half lengthwise*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, mix the cream cheese, cheese, jalapenos, and garlic until well blended.
  3. Take approximately 2 teaspoons of filling and stuff the jalapeno halves.
  4. If you are wrapping the bacon, take a half strip and wrap around each pepper. I often do not need the whole slice and will tear off the extra to use on the next.
  5. Place poppers on a cookie sheet and bake for about 25 minutes until bacon is crispy.
Notes
*If your slices are too thick, they will not crisp up in the oven in the allotted time. You can try par-cooking them first, or just crisp them up, chop them, and mix into the cheese mixture.

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Iced Tea Floats

If you are looking for a fun drink to enjoy during these final days of summer, try iced tea floats! These floats are easy to make and you can have all the ingredients ready to go for a quick and refreshing drink.

If you are looking for a fun drink to enjoy during these final days of summer, try these quick and refreshing iced tea floats!

For a fun twist, serve in mason jars with circular lemon slices.

Iced Tea Floats
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups black tea
  • Ice to taste
  • 1 cup club soda
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • Whipped cream to taste
  • Lemon slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill 4 glasses to the brim with ice.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to each glass.
  3. Pour ½ cup iced tea into each glass.
  4. Add ¼ cup club soda to each glass and stir.
  5. Top with whipped cream and garnish with lemon slices.

If you are looking for a fun drink to enjoy during these final days of summer, try these quick and refreshing iced tea floats!

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Ham and Cheese Crescents

These delicious Ham and Cheese Crescents are hot in ready no time - perfect for a gathering of hungry young people, a quick bite after soccer practice, or a football party.By contributing writer Beth

These delicious Ham and Cheese Crescents are hot in ready no time – perfect for an impromptu gathering of hungry young people. They are great for a quick bite after soccer practice or a crowd-pleasing addition to your football party. Adults and kids will love the sweet, smokiness of the ham combined with the saltiness of the cheddar cheese.

My favorite part is the seasoned mayo. Oh my goodness! I could just slather this garlic and onion goodness on every single sandwich I make. Try it with red onions or even green onions. You could also get crazy and mix in Sriracha sauce or wasabi to spice it up a little or a lot. You can thank me later.

Here’s a tip you’ll want to remember. Keep the crescent roll dough chilled until you’re ready to use it. It softens very quickly and can become difficult to work with if left at room temperature for too long.

Here are a few add-ins that you could roll in for fun and flavor:

  • mushrooms
  • olives
  • red pepper flakes
  • diced bell peppers
  • sliced jalapenos
  • diced tomatoes
  • pickle slices
  • relish
  • feta cheese
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • spinach

I like to serve these with carrots, celery sticks, or grapes for a more balanced snack time.

You could definitely cut this recipe in half for a smaller crowd. I’m always surrounded by my own personal tribe of kiddos, so this serving size of 8 is perfect for our family.

These delicious Ham and Cheese Crescents are hot in ready no time - perfect for an impromptu gathering of hungry young people.

Ham and Cheese Crescents
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 packages refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 6 ounces ham slices
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F and line 2 baking sheets.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, onion, and garlic.
  3. Roll out one package of dough separating it into the pre-cut triangles.
  4. Spread a small spoonful of the mayonnaise mixture on each triangle, add 1 slice of ham, and ½ slice of cheese.
  5. Roll up each triangle and place on lined baking sheet.
  6. Repeat with the other roll of dough.
  7. Bake at 375° F for 9 - 11 minutes until light golden brown. Remove from oven, plate, and serve warm.

 

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Lemon Dill Salmon Sliders

“The Lemon Dill Salmon Sliders recipe is sponsored by StarKist®.  All opinions expressed are our own.”

My family loves tuna and salmon, and we eat it several times a week. When I travel, I often throw a few StarKist Creations™ tuna or salmon pouches in my suitcase for a quick, healthy and inexpensive snack option on the go. With 110 calories or less in each pouch and 10 different varieties, I’m able to eat smart even when I’m not at home.

The Creations pouches are my favorite because they are easy to open and you don’t have to drain them (no mess!), making them my first choice for a quick snack option.

Not only are they a great option as a snack, I also use them in a variety of recipes. These lemon dill salmon sliders are great to spread on crackers or rolls at a party, or you can serve them on a bed of lettuce for a delicious lunch or dinner.

My favorite way to eat them is on a toasted roll with a bit of mayo mixed with dill and some greens. However, since some of the grownups in my house are doing low carb, I served them recently on a bed of mixed greens.

If you don’t have Panko bread crumbs on hand, you can substitute. But I think the Panko crunch makes these sliders taste so much better!

Lemon Dill Salmon Sliders
 
Ingredients
  • Two pouches StarKist Salmon Creations® Lemon Dill
  • ¼ cup chopped red onion
  • ⅛ cup chopped green onion
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup Panko Japanese-style bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise (low fat if desired)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together, except salmon in a bowl.
  2. Fold in two pouches of StarKist Salmon Creations® Lemon Dill
  3. Over medium heat, coat a frying pan with butter or canola oil.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, drop scoops of the salmon mixture into the frying pan.
  5. Flatten with a spatula.
  6. Sauté the salmon sliders for about 2 minutes on each side until they are golden brown.
  7. Remove from the frying pan and place on a paper towel to blot any extra oil.
  8. Serve salmon sliders over a bed of lettuce, on rolls or on a cracker.

These salmon sliders were a huge hit in my house, and barely made it to the table because they were scarfed down as I was making them.

StarKist Creations™ has five new flavors available including:
  • Tuna Creations® Hot Buffalo Style
  • Salmon Creations® Lemon Dill
  • Salmon Creations® Mango Chipotle
  • Kid’s Creations® Bacon Ranch
  • Kid’s Creations® Honey BBQ

These flavors are delicious on their own, or used in your favorite tuna or salmon recipe for an added kick!

StarKist Creations™ are available nationwide at your local grocery store.

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