Friday, February 28, 2014

Paleo Jalapeño Poppers; A Great Oscar Party Appetizer

By: Davinia Perrin

Unless you’ve been in hibernation for the last few years, you’ve likely heard the term Paleo. A Paleo diet consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. While I don’t personally follow a strict “Paleo diet”, I find some of the health benefits very intriguing. Therefore, I bit at the opportunity to peruse the cookbook Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods: 100+ Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes by Julie and Charles Mayfield.

I’m all about quick and easy, and when you add healthy, comfort foods; I’m sold. This book offers great tips on equipping your kitchen with staple items that will make your Paleo lifestyle a breeze. I must admit, I’ve already made several fantastic recipes from this cookbook; the smothered pork chops, blueberry muffins, and I plan to try several others.

If you’re looking for the perfect appetizer for your Oscar party or a nice side-kick for a spring barbeque, these jalapeño poppers stuffed with shrimp and bacon were fantastic. If you’re a lacto-Paleo (willing to incorporate dairy), adding cheddar, jack or cream cheese on these would be “the bees knees” as Charles describes; I couldn’t agree more! Pick up your copy of Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods: 100+ Delicious Gluten-Free Recipes, Charles and Julie have a great collection of healthy, flavorful, convenient recipes that make this cookbook a go-to resource for any kitchen.

Jalapeño Poppers
(printable recipe)
1 dozen jalapeño peppers
1 pound shrimp, peeled, deveined, and finely diced
¼ pound sliced bacon, finely diced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon of salt
Note: Wearing gloves is highly suggested when handling jalapeño peppers.

1. Preheat Oven to 400 F.
2. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Place peppers face up on a cookie sheet.
3. In a medium bowl, mix together the shrimp, bacon, sesame oil, pepper, and salt. Combine and spoon into each jalapeño.
4. Cook the peppers in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked.
5. Allow to sit a few minutes before serving.


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  2. I love your shrimp filled Jalapeno Poppers, a great new idea for me. And, I have to admit, even though I've heard about the Paleo diet, I'm not sure I exactly knew what it was. Thanks for throwing in the description.

  3. Shrimp filled Jalapeno Poppers are the best! I can never have too many recipes for them! My whole purpose in commenting is really to ask where did you get those adorable floral straws?! OMG need.

  4. Oh, wow! These look just delicious! I especially love the inclusion of shrimp - what a great idea! :D ~Shelley