“If you enjoy the gut-bombs that are classic, bacon-wrapped, jalapeno poppers, I think you’ll love these shockingly light puffs. All the same flavors are there, especially when served with the easy cream cheese dip, and the prep is much easier.”
- 4 strips bacon
- Dipping Sauce:
- 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
- 2 tablespoons minced green onions, plus some for garnish
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon bacon fat
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 eggs
- 2 ounces shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup finely diced jalapeno peppers
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups vegetable oil for deep frying, or as needed
- Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels. Crumble or finely chop. Drain fat from skillet, reserving 1 tablespoon.
- Mix cream cheese, creme fraiche, green onions, and lime juice together in a bowl. If the mixture seems too thick, add enough water to thin it to your preferred consistency.
- Place skillet over medium-high heat. Add cold water, butter, reserved bacon fat, and salt. Bring mixture to a simmer; reduce heat to medium. Pour in flour all at once. Stir to mix and mash with a wooden spoon until the dough starts to pull together 2 to 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat; transfer dough to a mixing bowl and let cool for about 5 minutes.
- When the dough is cool, whisk in 1 egg. The mixture will separate slightly. Continue whisking in the first egg until the mixture pulls back together. Repeat with the second egg. Scrape down sides of the bowl. Add diced jalapeno, bacon pieces, shredded cheese, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. Mix thoroughly with a spatula. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool, 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Heat oil in deep fryer to 375 degrees F.
- Using a small scoop, scoop out rounds of dough. Drop rounds of dough into hot oil and cook until golden brown and cooked through 3 to 4 minutes. Work in batches if necessary. Transfer to a cooling rack.
- serve with dipping sauce garnished with a few green onion slices.