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Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Pepper Poppers

Spicy and sweet peppers get wrapped in crispy bacon and sprinkled with brown sugar for a new spin on a party favorite.

Serves 8
Ready in 30 mins
Prep time 16 mins
Cooking time 14 mins
142 calories per serving


> 8 whole mini sweet peppers or jalapeno chilies
> 4 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese 
> 1/4 cup softened 1/3 less fat chive and onion flavored cream cheese
> 8 slices center-cut bacon
> 1 tsp light brown sugar
> 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
> Wooden toothpicks


Set grill to medium. Halve the peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds and ribs. Shred the Cheddar. In a medium bowl, combine Cheddar and cream cheese. Fill pepper halves with cheese mixture. Freeze filled peppers 10 min.
Meanwhile, cut the bacon slices in half to form shorter slices. Arrange in a single layer on a large paper towel–lined plate. Top with another sheet of paper towel and microwave 2 min., until some fat has rendered, but bacon is still soft and pliable. Let cool slightly.
Wrap each pepper half with a piece of bacon, making sure ends overlap, and secure with toothpick. Combine the sugar and paprika and sprinkle over bacon. Add peppers, cheese-sides up, to grill and cover. Cook 10–12 min., until bacon is crisp.

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