Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Oven Cooked Bacon & Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

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Pin Rating: 4.5
Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Bacon Bake time: 17-20 minutes @ 400˚ F
Popper Bake time 15-20 minutes @ 375˚ F

One thing that I liked about making the Honey sauced chicken in the crock pot was that I can just prep it and then have time to make a second dish.  Also, if you haven't tried oven baked bacon you're in for  treat!  These poppers weren't as delicious as the chicken but they're still a quick, easy and delicious appetizer to bring to a party.

Yields 16 pieces
  • jalapeño
  • 1 can of crescent roll
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 5-8 slices of bacon (the more the merrier!)  
  • Baking sheet
  • Foil

Preheat the oven to 400˚ F. Take a baking sheet and wrap it foil and lay out the bacon strips right onto the foil and make sure that they're not touching.

And pop them into the oven.

While waiting for the bacon to bake for 17-20 minutes, it's time to prep the jalapeños.  They're hot and spicy so be very careful and do not touch your eyes!  Wear gloves if necessary.

Cut off the tops.

And then slice them down the middle.

I used a plastic bag as my barrier to rip out the middle section with the seeds.

Cut the pieces up into little squares.

Time to get the bacon out of the oven.  So because I laid the bacon flat on the foil as opposed to on top of a grate is because I wanted the bacon to bake in it's own fat to get crispy.  I've tried raising the bacon before and it was a little limp.

And to show how crispy this batch turned out, here's how well it's holding it shape.

Straight line of crisp.

I laid the bacon down on a paper towel to soak up some extra oil and I cracked the pieces into bite sizes to match the jalapeños.

So one reason why I love baking bacon in the oven is because it has an easy clean up.  Just wait for the bacon fat to cool and harden and just pull the foil off and toss it.

Okay, so now that you have the bacon and jalapeños ready and prepped, time to crack open the croissant rolls.  This is what the roll looks like straight out of the can.  I used a pizza cutter and sliced each piece in half so that the poppers are more bite sized.

I then spread the cream cheese all over the dough.  It's a little tricky but is possible.  What I should have done differently here is to spread the cream cheese AND put a dollop of cream cheese with each rolled up piece for more of a popper oozyness.  It was a bit lacking in the cream cheese department, but that's my fault for not following the original pin and trying to put my own twist on it.

Take 2 pieces of bacon and a jalapeño and place it on the wider edge of the triangle.  Grab the edge of the dough and start rolling it down towards the bottom.

And your piece should look like this!

I sprinkled the extra bacon pieces on top.  Pop them into the oven for 18-20 minutes (or per instructions on the can for the crescent rolls)

Once they're out of the oven enjoy them while they're hot! (but don't burn yourself) :)

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