Image by fritish via FlickrSince I have all these hot peppers, I went searching for a recipe for jalapeno poppers and found this post about baked jalapeno poppers - which linked to this recipe - Baked Jalapeno Poppers. Perfect! I didn't want anything deep fried - mostly because it makes a mess, but also because too much grease makes me feel sick.
I didn't follow the original recipe exactly - partly because I wrote it down wrong and partly because it called for 1 T of the cream cheese filling in each jalapeno half, but that seemed like too much - so I just gave up any pretense of measuring after the first half and simply filled them. I stopped counting how many peppers I used, but it was definitely more than 12. I had to add more bread crumbs because I ran out before I ran out of cream cheese mixture or anything else. About the time I finished dredging all the peppers in flour, egg mixture, and bread crumbs, I decided to try egg mixture, flour, egg mixture again, bread crumbs - and that seemed to work better. Just remember the cardinal rule - wet with one hand, dry with the other - or you'll end up with a huge mess. It's messy enough as it is.
I did not bake all of these - just a few because I just had to try them. I put them all on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet and placed them in the freezer. Once they're frozen, I will place them in a sealed container, probably with wax paper between layers - all ready to take out and bake whenever I get the urge.
The few that I did bake and try? Amazing! Seriously. These are so good. Yes, they take quite a bit of time to prepare, but I'm thinking they're worth it.