Well, here we are only two games into the season, and I can already see that this may be a year where I'm more excited about the food than the outcome of the game. I'm not losing hope, and I never waiver in my alliance. But I'm also not blind. There's not much to cheer about on the Auburn sidelines so far - all the more reason to enjoy the sideline snacks, in my opinion.
This week's recipe...
...was inspired by Carrie over at Bake-a-holic Mama. Carrie does amazing food on her blog... some really yummy stuff. (I met Carrie at the King Arthur Flour Blog & Bake event I attended over the summer). Her recipe for Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños is no exception. I'm not suggesting my recipe replace hers on your menu. My vote: make 'em both! Mine may be a "little" slimmer on the calorie side of the menu, so you've got the perfect balance for your tailgating menu.
Lastly, if you're enjoying games at home, you might also want to give these Crab-Stuffed Jalapenos from Cooking Light a try... with an avocado dunk, they sound delish! And be sure to check out all the appetizers being added daily to the galleries over at Healthy Aperture.
Corn & Cheddar Stuffed Jalapeños
Ingredients (12 stuffed jalapeños)
- 1 slice bacon
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1 cup canned (drained), fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon low-fat Greek-style yogurt [I used Cabot]
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) light Cheddar or pepper jack cheese [I used Cabot], divided
- 6 jalapeños, cut in half lengthwise and seeds removed
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or coat with cooking spray.
Cook bacon over medium-high heat in a small skillet until crispy. Remove bacon from pan and discard all but 1 teaspoon of drippings; set bacon aside.
Turn down heat to pan to low and add cumin seeds; toast in skillet 30 seconds (be careful not to burn). Add corn and lime juice to pan and cook for 5 to 10 minutes or until all moisture has evaporated.
Turn off heat to pan. Coarsely chop cooked bacon and add to pan. Stir in salt, yogurt and 1/2 cup of cheese just until combined. Divide mixture evenly among halved jalapenos and place on baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until peppers are softened and cheese is melted.