Jalapeno Poppers

I really like a good jalapeno popper.  So I tried making them with Queso Fresco cheese and bacon.  Not a complete success but on the right track.  First I took some jalapenos and cut off the top and removed the seeds.  I did wear gloves because every time I work with hot peppers I either blow my nose with a tissue or scratch my eye and then I have a burning sensation.  Not this time – I got smart.

 

Then I stuffed them with the cheese and placed them in the refrigerator while cooking the rest of dinner.

 

 

About 15 minutes before dinner, I took them out and wrapped them in bacon. I buy pieces and ends of bacon because it is cheaper.  In this application, you should have strips of bacon and not pieces.  I used a toothpick to secure the bacon which then makes it hard to brown all sides of the bacon.  Next time probably will deep fry them. Now when frying I just used a little bacon grease in an iron skillet and fried the poppers.

Although very tasty, they were not completely successful but I learned several things.  First char and remove the skin from the peppers.  This will make them cook a little faster and won’t be so crunchy after frying. Once the skin is removed you could probably even coat them with a beer batter before frying and it would stay in tack.  Will have to give this a try. Secondly, I think the type of cheese is pretty important.  Queso Fresco does not seem to melt as quickly as say cheddar or mozzarella.  Which means it won’t all ooze out when being cooked. Next, make sure your bacon is nice long pieces that wrap completely around each popper. This ensures that the whole popper is covered and will cook through more evenly.  Last, is the way they are cooked.  If deep fryed, you won’t have uneven cooking even with the toothpicks inserted to keep the bacon on.

If anyone has any other suggestions, I would love to hear them.  This is a great appetizer and not too time consuming to make.  Can even be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to fry.  I’ll give you an update next time I make Jalapeno Poppers.

Ketogenic Breakfast with Zucchini Hash Browns

It is so simple to make a Ketogenic Breakfast. All you need is some sausage or bacon and eggs. Then you can make some zucchini hash browns which is a great substitute for the traditional potato hash browns. Just place the fried eggs on the top of the hash browns to get the ooey gooey yolk running over the hash browns. We fried up sausage links and served with our Keto Ketchup. Below is the recipe for Zucchini Hash Browns. Enjoy!Keto Breakfast_2 (1)

4 c. shredded zucchini (about 2 medium zucchini)
2 tsp. Fine sea salt
1 large egg, beaten
¾ c. grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 oz)
2 Tbsp. Chopped green onion
½ tsp. Cayenne pepper
¼ c. coconut oil or bacon fat, for frying

Place the zucchini in a medium-sized bowl and toss with the salt, Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Squeeze out any moisture and discard the liquid.

Add the egg, Parmesan, green onion and cayenne. Mix well to combine.

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Using your hands, form the zucchini mixture into 4 cakes about 2 ½ inches in diameter and ½ inch thick. Place in the hot pan and fry for about 5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove and place on a cooling rack (if you place them on a paper towel they will get soggy).

 

Recipe from “the ketogenic cookbook” (sic) by Jimmy Moore and Maria Emmerich