It’s almost game day! As everyone prepares for their homes filled with guests, the big question becomes: What’s easy, fun and something everyone will love to eat? The Answer is: Jalapeno shrimp poppers! These have just enough heat, packed with flavor and a crowd favorite. You can even do some of the work ahead of time. Freeing you up to enjoy fun, friends and the game.
(Makes 24 poppers)
24 medium jalapenos
1 lb. peeled and deviened shrimp
1 C. Cream cheese
1/2 C. Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Smokey Paprika
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
(Up to one day before you can do the following)
Roast the Jalapenos until the skin just begins to glisten but not blister. Place the Jalapenos into a ziploc bag and allow to cool. Once cool, remove the skins of the jalapenos and place the jalapenos back into the ziploc bag and place in the refrigerator. Next, dice your shrimp into small pieces. To make this task easier: place shrimp in a freezer bag in the freezer for 20 minutes. This will make the shrimp a bit firmer to dice. Once diced, brown in non stick pan with cumin, paprika and onion powder. In a medium bowl, place warm shrimp mixture with cream cheese and Parmesan. Gently fold to combine all of the mixture with the cheeses. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator.
Day of! Game Day!
Take Jalapenos and make a small slit going lengthwise. Do not remove the seeds if you would like to keep some of the spicy flavor. Gently, using a small spoon; put the filling into each jalapeno. Next, fire up the broiler! Place each popper on a pan sheet and roast on the lowest rack from the direct heat. Watch the poppers carefully. They’re perfect once they have reached a golden brown color on top. Now dive in!!