“I made the best dinner on Sunday,” my friend, Jen, exclaimed at work on Monday morning.
“What was it,” I demanded, determined to find out so I could make it myself.
“Um…these ball things….with ground meat….” she stammered.
I think she was trying to keep the recipe a secret.
When I finally pried it out of her, it sounded a lot like these, from the Certified Angus Beef board.
Angus beef is from an Angus cow and evaluated using the brand’s 10 specifications for marbling, size and uniformity. Angus ground chuck is on sale at Brookshire’s this week, so take advantage of the sale on this premium grade of beef to go ahead and stock up.
Jen said she stuffed her meat mixture INTO jalapeno peppers, but this sounds a lot easier (and faster).
The honey lime crème fraiche sounds delicious, but you could dip them in almost anything – ranch, honey mustard, buffalo, barbecue or hot mustard sauces.
Jalapeño Beef Poppers
2 lbs angus beef ground chuck
12 oz shredded cheddar cheese
6 jalapeños, seeded and minced
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp whole mustard seeds
1 cup plain bread crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
Frying oil as needed
Dipping sauce — see Honey Lime Crème Fraiche
Combine ground beef, cheese, jalapeños, salt, pepper and mustard seeds in a large mixing bowl. Portion by hand into 42 “popper” shape balls, approximately 1-ounce each.
Crack and whisk eggs; put in a shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs and put in a second shallow dish.
Prepare a pot with frying oil; heat to 325° F. Roll poppers in egg mix, 6-8 at a time, roll in bread crumbs; repeat. Deep fry 4 minutes in batches. Allow to dry on paper towels; serve warm with Honey Lime Crème Fraiche for dipping.
Honey Lime Crème Fraiche
8 oz sour cream
Juice and zest of 1 lime
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp minced cilantro
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Serve with Jalapeño Beef Poppers.
Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 128, Calories from Fat: 76, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 71 mg, Sodium: 287 mg, Potassium: 37 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Sugar: 0.6 g, Protein: 8 g
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