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Lunchbreak: Firehouse chef Darla Marie Pitts makes jalapeno bacon cheddar poppers

Darla Marie Pitts

Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Poppers

Ingredients:
10 large jalapenos, halved & seeded
1 12 ounce pkg. of cream cheese
1 8 ounce pkg. of shredded sharp cheddar
1 pkg. of bacon bits
1 cup of milk
1 cup of flour
3 eggs
1 cup of Italian bread crumbs

Directions:
After letting cream cheese soften, mix with cheddar and bacon bits. Pack mixture into jalapeno halves. Dip jalapenos into bowl of milk, then directly into ziplock bag of flour and shake. Place floured jalapenos into bowl of whisked eggs, then roll them in bread crumbs. Set in freezer for 5 minutes to set up, and then they’re ready for frying. Add 3″ of vegetable oil to pan and pre-heat to 380 degrees. Place poppers in frying pan until they float to top (approximately 2 1/2 min). Remove from pan and place onto paper towels.

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28 Comments to “Lunchbreak: Firehouse chef Darla Marie Pitts makes jalapeno bacon cheddar poppers”

    Barbara Marroquin said:
    June 15, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Those look delicious! I'd love to see what else you make at the firehouse.

    Paulina Petrishka said:
    June 15, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Innovative and delicious!!! Please share more creative recipes so we can all enjoy :)

    Anonous said:
    June 15, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Awesome! I will definitely try it.

    Micheál said:
    June 15, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Sounds like the best firehouse in the Chicagoland area.

    Bill said:
    June 15, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Sounds very tasty well done

    Scott said:
    June 15, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    It is about time WGN finaly put on a femail firefighter and a pretty one at that.

    Zack said:
    June 15, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    The look very good. Everything is better with bacon.

    D.Z. said:
    June 15, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    She should be brought for another recipe. They need more women on the segment.

    Scott said:
    June 15, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Bring her back to find out how she made the jalapeno jelly.

    Scott said:
    June 15, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Great looking poppers. Looks a lot easier than I thought they would be.

    Deanna said:
    June 15, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Those look yum! Such an easy snack to make. Teach us how to make the dip please!

    Mary said:
    June 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Marvelous !!! Want to see more from “the woman firefighter ” from Arlington Firehouse

    Betcha she can build a house to eat those poppers in …. :)

    MD

      Al said:
      June 16, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      Really enjoyed watching her cook…

    Pauly said:
    June 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    I think Darla was made for TV. I can see her having her own show someday..

    Ryan said:
    June 16, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Great recipe, made them this weekend, really tasty.

    Edward said:
    June 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    So when is this girl coming back to cook more? Maybe she could do something else on the news? Easy on the eyes!!!

      matt said:
      June 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Interesting recipe, wouldn’t mind watching her cook again.

    Renata said:
    June 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Those lucky guys at the firehouse! Not only is she gorgeous but can cook food that everyone loves to snack on! Those poppers looked amazing! Will make them vegetarian style for sure!

    Jim said:
    June 17, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    I don’t know what’s hotter. The poppers or the cook?

    matt said:
    June 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Was wondering how to make the dip, looks great!

    Jamie said:
    June 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    I am trying these for game night tonight! I really enjoyed how down to earth this cook was and I loved how she explained the recipe. Yes…please give the recipe for the sauce!!!!!

    Amber said:
    June 17, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    These are amazing! Quick and easy, I’d love to know what other recipes she has in her cook book! ;)

      Mark said:
      June 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Hot, hot, hot….

      Mark said:
      June 18, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Just made the poppers at home and they were to delicious:)

    Izabela Mietus said:
    June 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    What a great recipe! Can’t wait to make it for my next party! Hope Darla makes another appearance with another recipe!

    Alia Centano said:
    June 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Darla you look amazing!! For a second I thought I was watching the Darla cooking show!! :) Great job and those look amazing!!!!

    Mark said:
    June 18, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Darla you did such a great job!! The poppers looked great!! And you looked gorgeous!! Can’t wait to try them!! Hope WGN brings you back for another segment!!

    Heather Kevin said:
    June 19, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    This is a great appetizer. Cant wait to make it. Nice to have a new recipe like this for parties. What’s the next one gonna be??

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