12 large jalapeños, cored, seeded and slit down one side
1 – 8 oz. bar cream cheese
1/4 c. freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
24 little smokies
12 pieces thickly sliced bacon, cut in half
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 t. ground cardamom
1/2 T. freshly ground pepper
Cut cream cheese into 12 equal parts. Roll each part in shredded cheddar and stuff one in each jalapeño. Also place two little smokies in each jalapeño. Wrap each jalapeño in the 2 halves of one slice of bacon, using toothpicks to secure the bacon.
In a separate dish, blend pepper, cardamom and brown sugar. Roll each wrapped-jalapeño in this mixture and place on a wire rack in cookie sheet, which is lined with foil. When finished gently spoon remaining brown sugar mixture over each one.
Bake for 30 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Enjoy!
sharp cheddar cheese