When I tasted this crunchy bite for first time, I felt in love for spicy gooey cooling effect! If you are spice lovers, well the snack is just for you otherwise caution you are in hot /heat spot. Yes, the jalapeno poppers are just great hors d’oeuvres, party food but may be for adult! Jalapeño poppers are stuffed chillies with cream cheese and deep-fried. When you think calorie wise cheese and deep-fried. Argh, that push you away! But when you have all the alternate way to substitute without compromising the flavor and taste why you should worry about your waistline! Yes, the poppers are baked and stuffed with fat free cream cheese and changed according to my taste and need. Are you ready to burn your tongue, cool you can proceed further down and get tempt to make it soon.
Jalapenos: 8 number make a split in middle a remove a thin strip (DO NOT CUT THE CHILI)
Fat free cream cheese (Philadelphia): 6 ounces
Cilantro minced: 1 tbsp (optional)
Cumin powder: 1 tsp
For coating the jalapenos Milk: 1 cup
All purpose flour/maida: 1 cup
Panko (Japanese bread crumb) or breadcrumb: 1 cup
Oil: to spray
Preparing the chillies
Make a split in middle without cutting apart the chilli
Now, Take the chilli and score in the middle without separating the chilli .
Take a knife or back of spoon, scrap all the seeds out. I blanched the chillis to reduce the heat. Boil some water, drop the split chillies for 3 min, take out and give a shock in cold ice water to stop cooking the chilli. Or you can soak in warm water the chillies for 15 min.
Or if you like fiery skip it Pat it dry the chillies. Now take a bowl, put the cream cheese minced cilantro and cumin powder and mix well. Stuffed with cream cheese mixture the chillies. *Keep the milk in separate bowl. *Flour in separate plate *Breadcrumb in separate plate. Now dip the stuffed chilli in milk first and next rolled in flour. Do for all your chillies and keep in fridge for 15 minutes. Start dipping again after 15 min, in milk and next to breadcrumb. Make sure the chillies are well coated or otherwise repeat the process of dipping & rolling. Now spray with oil a baking sheet place the split side of chillies up and spray once again the chilies, bake at 350 C until the crust is golden brown (approx 20 or 25 min) or until the cheese starts to melt and come out. Roatate the chillis in midlle of cooking process. But really watch out if you bake a longer time, the cheese will be in your baking tray. Cool it sometimes and give a bite, they might be still hot inside!