One of my very favorite snack foods is jalapeno poppers. Before I went low carb, there was a certain brand of popper at Walmart that I'd buy all the time. They were made with cream cheese and diced jalapenos in a crunchy breading. I called them "bombs" since they were more like a bite than an actual popper. Oh, they were delicious. But with my new eating habits, I try not to eat things like that anymore. But that doesn't mean I can't make my own!
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent all day today working on that English project. It was certainly a doozy. I started around 8:30 this morning, blinked, and suddenly four hours had gone by! No wonder I was hungry!
I needed a good break. I needed a good LUNCH. Luckily, I had just the ingredients I needed to try my own jalapeno popper "bombs."
I sliced and removed the seeds from three decently sized jalapenos. I think I may add a fourth one next time; I like it hot! I diced them into small pieces and poured them in a large bowl. I added around 6 oz of cream cheese and stirred it all together. Then I added a sprinkling of shredded parmesan to help the mixture take on a thicker texture.
I scooped out a small amount of the mixture and rolled it into a ball. I was able to make 10 out of my ingredients. I placed the balls onto a baking sheet and put the whole thing in the fridge to really set. Cold foods fry better, in my opinion.
Once the balls were set, I heated my oil over medium-high heat. I prepared the ingredients for my "breading." In one bowl, I cracked and scrambled an egg. In a second bowl, I poured crushed pork rinds: my go-to ingredient for when I want a really crispy coating. I coated each ball in the pork rinds, then rolled them in the egg, and then added a second coat of pork rinds, making sure that not one area of the cream cheese was left exposed. When I began to fry to balls, I was really glad that they stayed together. I had envisioned globs of cream cheese oozing out of all sides, melting into a giant mess. They took only about a minute to cook, getting nice and golden brown on all sides. I drained the excess oil on a paper towel and let them cool for a minute.
Let me tell you, for as much as I loved my old favorites, there's a new favorite in town!
The outside was so crunchy, and the inside was creamy perfection.
What is a snack food you can't live without? Share in the comments!