I know, I didn't even give you a chance to miss me did I? Sunday we went to lunch at this pub style restaurant and because I wasn't too hungry I decided I would order a side salad and try one of their appetizers. Their selection was huge and when I read the description for their Jalapeno pillows, (I believe that's what they called them?) I knew that this was the dish to order, as I love all food that is spicy. When my dish arrived I immediately dove in and I have to say they were mighty good. Of course the way my brain works is to then analyze the dish and figure out I can duplicate the recipe at home. Well, last night I did just that and wanted to share them with you as they were very easy to make and would be a great appetizer for your next get together.
10 fresh Jalapenos, sliced
3/4 lb. bacon, chopped
Sm pkg. Wonton wrappers
4 oz. cream cheese
Canola or Peanut Oil
Directions: Heat a saute pan to a medium-high heat, add a teaspoon of olive oil to the pan and add the chopped bacon. The dish I ordered did not have bacon but because everything tastes better with bacon, I added it to my version. Cook for 4 minutes or so just until it starts to crisp up. Add the sliced jalapenos (remove stems and seeds to decrease heat) and season with garlic powder. Because of the bacon I didn't feel the jalapenos needed salt. Saute for a couple of minutes until the bacon is cooked through and allow to cool.
On a flat surface start to lay out the wonton wrappers, (work with about 10 at a time so wrappers do not dry out) add about 1/2 a teaspoon of cream cheese to the middle, some bacon and then a a couple of jalapenos on top, do not overstuff as the wrappers will not close.
Dip your finger into a small dish of water or egg wash if you prefer and wet the edge of the wonton wrapper. Fold wrapper over to create a triangle, seal, wet one of the side corners and fold over top, repeat on the other side and then close with the top corner to create the purse. Repeat until all of your purses are done.
Heat a small saucepan with canola or peanut oil to a temperature of 350F. Once oil reaches temperature add purses in one at a time only cooking about 3 or so at once since each purse will only take 1 second on each side. They cook up fast and if there are too many they will burn. Place on a paper towel and allow to drain. Serve immediately and do try to share them, they are addicting!