Lately, I've come home from work, and haven't wanted to cook much. Nathan and I just eat bread, cheese, maybe some hummus. But I needed to spice up the routine...thankfully, Donna sent me to my new favorite blog, Thepioneerwoman.com, and she has me cooking up a storm. Here are two of my favorite appetizers from her large collection of easy, down-home recipes.
Jalapeno Poppers, or as Pioneer Woman likes to call them, "Bacon-wrapped jalapeno thingies"
All you need is fresh jalapenos (I made 20 for Nathan and I, and they were gone in the time it took to watch American Idol), cream cheese, bacon, and toothpicks.
Slice the jalapenos lengthwise, and scoop out seeds (unless you like them veery hot) then stuff each half with cream cheese. Then, cut the bacon slices into 1/3rds or 1/2s (I did 1/2s because I do love bacon) Wrap the bacon around the cream cheese stuffed jalapenos (but not too tightly) secure with a toothpick, and place on a baking sheet...preferably with a rack so that they arent sitting in their own grease-I didnt have a rack though, and they turned out just great.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. When they are done, the jalapenos taste sweet and delicious, like a green or red bell pepper...they don't taste spicy at all. Enjoy!
Slice onion very thin. Place in a baking dish and cover with buttermilk for at least one hour. Combine dry ingredients and set aside.Heat oil to 375 degrees. Grab a handful of onions, throw into the flour mixture, tab to shake off excess, and drop into hot oil. Fry for a few minutes and remove as soon as golden brown. Repeat until onions are gone.
This is the easiest recipe, took me only 20 minutes once I had soaked the onions (and I didnt have any buttermilk, so I just squeezed a lemon into regular milk)