Pimento Cheese Jalapeno Poppers

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Recipe

Spicy. Fried. Cheesy. Need we say more?

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, cubed, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup roasted red pepper strips, chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. Louisiana Fish Fry Products Cayenne Pepper
  • 12 medium jalapeno peppers
  • 1 (8.5-oz) package Louisiana Fish Fry Products Veggie Fry Vegetable Batter Mix
  • Club soda (amount TBD - according to package instructions)
  • Canola oil, for pan frying
  • Sea salt, to taste

    PREPARATION

    In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, red peppers and cayenne pepper until thoroughly combined. Spoon pimento cheese into a plastic bag and snip off the corner. Set aside. Split the jalapenos lengthwise on one side, then cut crosswise near the stem, making a “T”. Fold peppers open and carefully remove ribs and seeds. Pipe pimento cheese into peppers and press closed. Set aside. In a large cast-iron skillet, heat 1” of oil to 325° F. Mix vegetable batter according to package instructions. Dip filled jalapenos in batter and, in 2 batches, add the poppers to the hot oil. Cook until golden brown, flipping halfway, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain on a wire rack set over a baking sheet and season with salt, to taste.

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