This Friday food is kick you in the face awesome. Although it is grain free, sugar free etc. It’s still a decadence. Very bold and rich you shouldn’t be able to eat more than three or four. (Notice I say “shouldn’t.”) For many years I’ve had a LOVE for jalapeno poppers. We used to buy them by the case on a weekly basis. (hence the reason we are fat, duh!) I really, really, really love them. With sweet chili sauce? Or stuffed WITH the homemade yogurt cheese? Oh man! This is a popper-rendition of Monterey chicken in a bite sized present. Monterey chicken is popular in tex-mexi and chain restaurants. Its chicken, barbecue sauce, bacon and Monterey jack cheese. These don’t have cheese however if you happen to have spicy jalapeno cheese on hand, go ahead and sneak it on in there. Made with quick-fix chicken sausage, lightly roasted jalapeno’s, and of course organic nitrate free bacon these little beauts are stellar bites of happiness. Bacon hugged chicken is just the best. No one likes dry chicken!
I happen to be a sucker for currywurst sauce, -aka- curry ketchup. Currywurst is a seriously popular treat found in Berlin. I’ve made currywurst a gazillion times with homemade chewy German brotchen rolls and homemade chips even. This week I’ve utilized homemade currywurst sauce in new ways with no grains or starches included. Not on a hot dog or sausage, but with crock pot beef barbecue and with these little poppers. It’s spicy, tasty and homemade. I utilize quick-fix chicken sausage in this recipe. Its basically just a few chicken breasts tossed into a food processor with spices. You can use a reliable chicken sausage if you prefer. I have a tendency to not trust the stuff, so I buy it very rarely. This way I control my own destiny! *muah ha ha hahhh* I mean ingredients.
Monterey Chicken Poppers with Currywurst Sauce
My primary flunk the last time I made stuffed jalapenos was not roasting the peppers before hand. If you don’t soften them before stuffing them they will be much like eating fire. For a person who gets heartburn easily (IE: me) it is much like eating nails, delicious, fatty, wonderful nails. So do your friends a solid and roast them first. For a more classic take with cream cheese filling check out Paleo Parent’s post with Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. I actually bought a package of cream cheese thinking I would do a pork sausage AND cream cheese filling, my inner skinny girl yelled at me. “Look fudge pudge, Fatty pork on pork???! Don’t do it!” – I will leave you with that idea and you can fight it out for yourself.
- 6 whole jalapenos
- 6 slices of bacon
- Chicken Sausage
- Currywurst Sauce
Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
Slice jalapeno’s in half lengthwise. Remove seeds, leave the stems if you would like to be fancy. Bake for 10-15 minutes to soften. Cut bacon slices in half. Stuff each jalapeno half with chicken sausage. Wrap bacon around each bite. Use the fattest part of the bacon on top of the wider part of the jalapeno. Wrap it around and set into a baking tray. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
At this point we can wave the white flag and call it a day. But we won’t. I tried crisping my bacon under the broiler. I will tell you that’s an idiots move. You will set your oven and possibly yourself on fire. (Ahem, yes I actually did this. Learn from my mistakes.) Crisp the bacon in a skillet or don’t. Coat with currywurst sauce (or your favorite barbecue sauce) and place back into the oven to crisp slightly. You might be able to use the broiler just don’t put the bacon within biting distance of the broiler.
Quick Fix Chicken Sausage- 2 small chicken breasts, 2-3 tablespoons chopped red onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, fennel, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flake, fresh grated ginger. Place into a food processor and pulse 8-10 times or until it is finely chopped. Tastes best if it is allowed to rest at least 45 minutes. Use a good chicken sausage if you prefer.
Curry Ketchup- 1 batch of Homemade ketchup, or Homemade Sugar-Free Spicy Ketchup with 2 tablespoons of curry powder, plus a heavy pinch of cinnamon, clove, cumin and garlic powder. Add more or less curry according to your own taste.