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Chef Franklin Dye: Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

Chef Franklin is in studio cooking with Aaron and Mallory.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Chef Franklin is in studio cooking with Aaron and Mallory.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

12 to 24 slices of bacon
12 average to large sized jalapenos
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar
Pinch of garlic powder, optional
24 cocktail sausage links, like Lit'l Smokies®
Cajun seasoning

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.. Slightly precook or microwave the bacon covered, on a paper towel lined plate for about 3 minutes and set aside to let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, halve the jalapenos lengthwise and remove ribs and seeds. Combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and garlic powder. Fill each jalapeno half with some of the cheese mixture and set aside. Press one cocktail sausage into the cheese in each jalapeno half and wrap each jalapeno half completely with one slice of bacon. Secure with toothpicks if needed. Place the peppers on the rack, cut side up and sprinkle with seasoning, if desired.

Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 to 17 minutes, or until cheese is bubbling and bacon is cooked.

Variation: Substitute regular chorizo or smoked sausage
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