It’s almost time to start entertaining a lot more and this year I’m spreading a little sunshine with some of my favorite things and that includes with the food I’m sharing with my loved ones. With summer winding down, and fall approaching, there’s no better time to enjoy the last warm days of summer and welcome in the fresh fall days with a family picnic!
To spread a little sunshine I created this recipe using some of my favorite items in the kitchen. I have found there are such easy ways to put a new spin on some of your favorite go to recipes. For entertaining I really do always turn to finger foods. Our family likes a little heat so jalapenos are always a huge hit! One of my newest favorite discoveries in the kitchen are shallots, I’m not sure why I was never cooking with them before so I’m finding every way I can use them in recipes and really finding out how flavorful and versatile they can be.
Since I wanted to take these on a picnic with me I was able to easily make everything ahead of time. If you are entertaining you could also have the ingredients ready to go, all you need to do is pop them in the oven and everyone will be raving at how flavorful these snacks are!
Smucker’s Raspberry, Shallot and Candied Bacon Poppers Recipe
- 10 jalapenos medium sized
- 1 8 oz package of cream cheese
- 7 slices of cooked bacon
- 1 shallot
- 1 TBSP Smucker’s Natural Red Raspberry Fruit Spread
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
I started first by prepping my ingredients. I cooked my own bacon and chopped the shallot.
To make the popper filling I combined the cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, 1 tsp fresh shallots, 1 tbsp chopped bacon and I threw in a few pepper flakes from the jalapenos.
You could make this mix ahead of time and have it ready to go. I simply combined this mixture and started stuffing my jalapenos.
BAKE: Bake your poppers at 400 degrees for 8 minutes!
With the remaining chopped bacon and shallot you’ll want to add it to a pan and start cooking it over a low-medium heat. You’ll also want to sprinkle with a little fresh ground pepper and add in your Smucker’s Red Raspberry Fruit Spread.
The bacon should get nice and crispy and with the mix of the sugar you will find it becomes sweet and yet flavorful. The shallots really make this topping a hit! Simply top your cooked jalapeno peppers and you have a flavorful and fresh snack idea that the whole family will enjoy!
I enjoy spreading sunshine with great food and the smiles on the faces of my family and friends is what’s it’s all about!
You can find all of the new Smucker’s Naturals Fruit Spreads in stores now. You’ll find each of them are unique and flavorful and have ingredients I can feel good about!
Smucker’s is spreading sunshine with a special giveaway! The “Spread A Little Sunshine” Tasting Kits will include the following products (ARV: $185):
- One each: Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spreads in Strawberry, Red Raspberry, Orange Marmalade, and Concord Grape
- Picnic basket (plates and utensils included)
- Picnic blanket
- Gingham spreader
- Bocce Set
- $75 Amex gift card
- Printed recipes: Chicken-Spinach Salad with Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing; Fizzy Grape Spritzer; Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Pita Chips; Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing; Strawberry-Mint Couscous
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