If there’s anything I’m known for, it’s my love of jalapeños. I do believe jalapeno poppers had something to do with it when I first had one as a teenager. I could NOT believe how delicious and addictive these little things were!
Now you have the backstory to my love affair with those cute little green, amazing peppers. If you go back through my blog history, you’ll see many documentation of said addiction.
Now, let’s jump right into this sexy little bastard.
This, my www friends, is the Jalapeno Popper Bagel Slider.
When I’m developing recipes, and I’m in the first stages where I’m playing with flavors and ingredients I know when I’m getting close because the taste I’m wanting is just right there. When I finally take that bite, THAT bite that tells me I’ve nailed what I’m aiming for, I do this thing where I take a sigh, and say ‘OMG that’s it’.
Then, I smile SO damn big. And, if you know me, you know that smile.
Y’all have no idea how much those moments make me happy.
I’m not the only one that loves Jalapeños, even though I’ve been told that I’m the queen of peppers and go overboard with my absurd use of them. That makes me roll my eyes. In my opinion, the jalapeño popper is so popular, that it’s basically served at every damn game party, birthdays, baby showers, etc.
The jalapeno popper has been a source of inspiration for foodies, home cooks, restaurant chefs, and yours truly, to make spin offs. There are different jalapeno recipes, jalapeno popper recipes, burger recipes, etc.
Why the hell not? The elements of this beautiful, yet simple, little appetizer can be destructed and reconstructed to make so many things.
Jalapeno poppers are made with only three ingredients, jalapeños, cream cheese and bacon. That’s it.
The combination of the three are delicious, especially if they’re cooked correctly. You gotta get that bacon done, or it will taste like ass; biting into raw bacon isn’t a good experience unless you’re a fucking neanderthal.
My pretty little slider is actually pretty simple.
I chopped fresh jalapeños and added them to my ground beef mixture along with a little cream cheese to give the burger some moistness and a bit of popper flavor, but I didn’t want to go overboard. After all, it’s a burger and I wanted to make sure the tastes were balanced. I combined cream cheese and crispy bacon for slathering on the toasted bagel buns.
A little arugula rounded it all out.
About the bacon…
A few years ago, I fell in love with this bacon called Bill E.’s Bacon in south Alabama. It is seriously the best quality, not to mention the most delicious bacon I have ever had. I qualified for World Food Championships about three years ago with a phenomenal burger using his bacon.
Now go make it.
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