New Year's Eve Appetizers (Appetizers for 6-8)

Jalapeño Poppers with Bacon, Roasted Red Pepper, and Cream Cheese and Mini Pork Meatball Tacos

$9.95 per serving

Prep & Cook Time: 45-55 min.

Cook Within: 5 days

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Spice Level: Spicy

Contains: Milk

A note about serious food allergies

Before the ball drops and you and your friends ring in 2016 with a bang, you'd better get something in your bellies that says, "Hey 2015, you were great and everything, but 2016 is just around the corner and we're super stoked to get all up in that. So bye!". We think jalapeño poppers and mini meatball tacos express that sentiment perfectly.

In Your Box (serves 2)

  • 4 oz. Roasted Red Peppers
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 6 Jalapeño Peppers
  • 6 Bacon Strips
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    5 oz. Cream Cheese
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    4 oz. Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
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    2 oz. Sour Cream
  • Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
    827
  • Carbohydrates
    22g
  • Fat
    18g
  • Protein
    18g
  • Sodium
    582mg

Recipe Steps

You Will Need

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Baking Sheet
  • 1 Medium Pan
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • Step 1 - Prepare the Ingredients
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    Prepare the Ingredients

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with foil or use a nonstick baking sheet. Thoroughly rinse produce and pat dry. Mince roasted red pepper. Trim and thinly slice green onion at an angle (bias). Halve jalapeños and scrape out all seeds and ribs with a spoon. This reduces heat level. Cut bacon across its length into ¼” slices. Using a small glass or biscuit cutter as a guide, use a knife to cut 12 circles from flour tortillas (2½” to 3” diameter).

  • Step 2 - Cook Bacon and Mix Meatballs
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    Cook Bacon and Mix Meatballs

    Add bacon to a medium pan over medium heat and cook until crisp, 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and leave drippings in pan. Combine pork, mini meatball seasoning, ¾ tsp. salt, ½ tsp. pepper, half the green onion, and 2 Tbsp. water in a mixing bowl.

  • Step 3 - Sear the Meatballs
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    Sear the Meatballs

    Divide pork into 12 equal portions and roll into 1" meatballs. Return pan with bacon drippings to medium-high heat and add meatballs. Cook until thoroughly browned all over, about 2-3 minutes (meatballs will finish cooking later). Transfer to one half of the prepared baking sheet. Searing meatballs in bacon drippings adds smoky flavor.

  • Step 4 - Mix Cream Cheese and Fill Peppers
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    Mix Cream Cheese and Fill Peppers

    In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine cream cheese, half the shredded cheddar cheese, half the bacon, and half the roasted red pepper. Fill jalapeño peppers with mixture and place on other half of the prepared baking sheet next to the meatballs. Top with half the remaining shredded cheddar (reserving the rest for garnishing meatballs when plating).

  • Step 5 - Bake Peppers and Meatballs
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    Bake Peppers and Meatballs

    Bake peppers and meatballs for 5-8 minutes, or until meatballs reach a minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees. Transfer meatballs to a plate and return peppers to oven. Bake another 8-10 minutes, or until cheese browns.

  • Step 6 - Plate the Dish
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    Plate the Dish

    Secure a flour tortilla around each meatball with a toothpick. Garnish each meatball with sour cream, remaining red pepper, remaining shredded cheese, and remaining green onion. Garnish jalapeños with remaining diced bacon. Arrange peppers and meatballs on a large platter to serve.