Food & Drink

Recipe: Bacon-wrapped firecrackers

12 jalapenos, firm and good-sized

8 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces cheddar cheese

12 slices of bacon, cut in half crosswise

Barbecue sauce

Toothpicks

How to put them together: (can be assembled and stored in the fridge a day in advance)

Slice the stems off the top of the jalapenos. Cut them in half lengthwise. Using a small metal spoon or gloved hands, scrape the seeds and white stuff out of the insides. Or, if you're a party animal who likes things really spicy, leave them in.

Cut the block of cream cheese into 24 matchstick-shaped pieces. Repeat with the block of cheddar cheese.

First, put a chunk of the cream cheese in each half of jalapeno, followed by the chunk of cheddar.

Wrap each double cheese-stuffed jalapeno half inside a piece of the bacon. Skewer with a toothpick to hold bacon in place. Place the skewered jalapenos on a greased sheet pan. Smear a little bit (about 1/2 tablespoon) of your favorite barbecue sauce on each piece.

Bake in a 425-degree oven for 10 minutes, or until bacon is crisp.

Top with a little more barbecue sauce and serve warm on a small platter.

Take a bow!

(makes 24 pieces)

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