Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jalapeno Crescent Poppers

These are sure to be a hit with your guests! Really yummy.
Recipe from Tasty Kitchen(sallydarling)~ modified

2  8oz. packages Neufchatel Cream Cheese(or regular cream cheese)
4 ounces, weight Canned, chopped Jalapenos
1 Tablespoon Sugar
2  8oz weight Tubes Refrigerated Crescent Rolls

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
~Cube your cream cheese and throw it into a bowl. Now take about half of your jalapenos from the can and throw in with your cream cheese.
~To your bowl with your cream cheese and jalapenos, add your Tablespoon of sugar. To me, this sugar addition is important. I like the sweet, spicy taste. The sugar is not overwhelming, it’s just the perfect accent. I mean really, anyone can add cream cheese and jalapenos to a crescent roll, but not everyone adds sugar. It’s our little secret.
~Take your fork and mash it all up really well. Be sure to incorporate all that sugar in really well.
This is where I like to do a little taste test. I prefer a bit more spicy poppers, so I added just a bit more jalapenos.
~Set your bowl of cream cheese jalapenos aside for now.
~Open up your tube of crescent rolls and place on your cutting board.
Separate them into two rectangles. Now pinch together the perforations to create two nice rectangles. Using the back of your spoon, spread about 1/4 of the cream cheese mixture onto one of the rectangles. (You will have TWO rectangles per tube of crescent rolls.)
~Once you’ve spread 1/4 portion of cream cheese on one of your rectangles, start with the LONG end of the roll, and get to rolling.
~Once it’s all rolled up, you will need to cut your log into 16 pinwheels.
~Get a sharp knife. Really sharp if you have one.
Cut your log right in half. Now you should have two logs. Then cut those two logs in half, and now you should have four logs.  Now, cut these rolls in half and now you have eight smaller logs. Now of course, last but not least, cut these little sweet-ums in half.
~You now have 16 pinwheel poppers.
*Note: This is where you could refrigerate these little guys if you wanted to make them ahead of time. Then just bake them right when the gang is getting antsy.
~Place your 16 poppers, laying face up, on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
~Pop these into the oven for about 13-15 minutes until they are golden brown. Keep an eye on them, as each oven varies.
~Once your first batch is in the oven, get to spreading and rollin and cutting and cooking the other rectangles.
Once they are done, immediately slide them off the pan and onto a serving plate.
Eat and enjoy!