It’s football season ladies and gentlemen, which means it’s time to gorge on fried foods while you drink copious amounts of beer. And what better food to fit this mould than a greasy, delectable plate of jalapeño poppers wrapped in bacon.
But what goes into a great bacon-wrapped jalapeño popper? What are the key components to make a bacon-wrapped jalapeño popper the greatest food you’ve ever eaten in the history of forever?
First off, don’t overcook the damn thing. This is one of the most obvious factors of a jalapeño popper that should not be overlooked. In fact, this is one of the most obvious factors to pay attention to with any dish you cook; but unfortunately, it can be missed very easily.
When you overcook a jalapeño popper, the jalapeño becomes very tough and hard to chew. Granted, with a good popper, it never hurts to have a nice little snap. But in the end, you should always err on the side of tender. The texture component will win you MAJOR points with whoever eats the finished product.
Speaking of texture, you are already going to have a crispy component in the bacon. So if you go crispy on crispy, it might take away from the overall flavor. Make sure you treat your bacon with respect, and prepare it how it should be prepared. But, for the inside, allow there to be a tenderness to the jalapeño. You’ll thank me later.
Next, DON’T OVER-BREAD THE DAMN FOOD! This is one of the biggest flaws that can come of fried food like these. People like to add so much breading, to the point where you can hardly taste the jalapeño when eating it. When I eat a jalapeño popper, I want to taste a creation that has two components perfectly married together; NOT a ball of breading with a tough texture.
Finally, like many football dishes, the sauce always has the chance to make or break your dish. If you pick the wrong sauce to dip the poppers in, then you can leave a lasting impression to your guests that stands the test of time.
Personally, I prefer a nice spicy mayo sauce when I make jalapeño poppers for game day. Now I know I choose this for alot of these articles, but you can’t really go wrong with this pick. The spiciness and smooth consistency of the mayo pairs very well with the nice crunch of the poppers.
And to round it all out, choose a cheap “party” beer for this one. Football games are normally two and a half to three hours long, where one tends to eat copious amounts of food. As a fan, you want to be able to drink many beers throughout that span, without getting full or trashed too early. So do yourself a favor, grab a 30-rack, and have a ball.
Do you have your own jalapeño popper recipe that you make? Let me know in the comments section below!