Stuffed Jalapenos with Smoked Gouda and Pineapple

Ingredients

  • 12fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon real bacon bits
  • ½ cup canned crushed pineapple in juice, drained and juice reserved
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Step 2

    Cut a slice off the stem end of each pepper, and use a sharp paring knife or pepper corer to scoop out the veins and seeds from the peppers (wear rubber gloves and avoid touching your eyes or nose).

  • Step 3

    Mix together the cream cheese, Gouda cheese, bacon bits, pineapple, and about 1 teaspoon of reserved pineapple juice, or as needed to make a workable filling, in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Using a small spoon, stuff the hollow peppers with the cheese mixture.

  • Step 4

    Place a rack or several disposable foil bread pans upside down onto a baking sheet. (See notes for how to make a pepper rack from a foil pan.) Stand the peppers, stem sides up, into the rack, and bake in the preheated oven until the peppers are softened and the filling is hot and bubbly, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Cook's Note

    Adjust the number of jalapenos depending on their size. This recipe will stuff 12 large or 24 small peppers.

    To hold the peppers upright, I use a foil bread pan and cut X’s in the bottom, place upside down, and press the jalapenos into each hole. I can usually get 6 to 8 in each. It makes cleanup easy. Just throw them away after cooking. I also have a jalapeno rack I got at a store, but the foil is way easier and will accommodate various sized jalapenos.

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