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USA! USA! – Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

22 Jun

Who’s ready to watch the USA dominate in today’s World Cup match against Portugal!? I know I’m excited. You’re hopefully equally as jazzed and headed to some viewing party, whether it be at a bar or a friend’s house with a massive TV.  If you’re doing the latter, why not bring something delicious to score some points of your own!  The below recipe is a tried and true success.  I made them this past Friday for a going away celebration with coworkers, and our office’s head honcho gave them an A+, which is no easy feat. Eight cheap ingredients, forty minutes of prep and cook time, and you’ve got yourself the most amazing poppers you ever did see.

You’ll need:

  • 12 jalapenos, halved and seeds removed
  • 1 box puff pastry (2 sheets)
  • 8 ounces (one container) cream cheese
  • ½ cup bacon pieces (you can buy these already cooked and chopped in a bag)
  • 1 cup cheddar, shredded
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 egg
  • Olive oil

Makes 24 poppers.  I bought the 12 jalapenos at $3.99 a pound, so it’s not too pricey to double the recipe.  Cut the stem off the jalapeno, cut in half lengthwise, and remove seeds.

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In a bowl, mix together cream cheese, bacon, cheddar, and garlic. The recipe says to roast the garlic for 30 minutes prior, but due to time constraints I simply chopped up the four cloves and threw them in a pan with some olive oil to brown.  Spoon cream cheese filling into jalapeno halves.

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On 9×12 inch baking sheets, lay out the thawed puff pasty sheets.  Cut into 3×3 squares to make 12 squares on each baking sheet for a total of 24 squares.  Place each jalapeno in a square and wrap puff pastry dough so entire popper is hidden.

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Whisk together egg and 3 tablespoons of water.  Brush mixture on top of each popper.  Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

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Take a glorious bite!

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Put in tupperware to transport.  If they’ve cooled substantially, ask your host/hostess if you can put them in the oven to warm up for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.  Prepare to wow the crowd!

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Nommin’ Out: Ulah Bistro on U Street

2 Aug



So recently us DC dwellers have been getting lucky with the evening weather.  No brow-beating sun, a nice little breeze, cool enough to actually wear the occasional pant.  To take advantage, my roommate and I decided to dine outside on U street.  We walked the few blocks from our house and settled on Ulah Bistro, where I have had brunch before but never dinner.  We sat near the sidewalk to easily/obviously people-watch while we chatted over a Moscow Mule.  These drinks are DELICIOUS, an absolute must summer cocktail.  Starving, we glanced at the appetizers and immediately tunnel-visioned to the Crab and Artichoke dip, because duh.  It arrived, and was basically a bowl of molten cheese with some think slices of bread to accompany it.  Don’t get me wrong- I love my cheese.  I eat more cheese in one day that is probably doctor-recommended.  However, I ordered CRAB and ARTICHOKE dip, not melted string cheese and parsley that would promptly fill me up before my entree arrived.  For $10, not great.   My dining experience wasn’t too deterred though; Ulah made up for the app with a delicious salmon Caesar salad.  My roomie got the fried chicken sandwich with duck fat fries (extra $2).  Those things… I die.  My advice: skip the pricey appetizer list and order an extra  cocktail and a side of Duck Fat fries for the table, or ideally just for yourself.  Trust me, you’re worth it.

Check out the menu here: http://ulahbistro.com/pdf/dinner.pdf


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