Baked Jalapeno Poppers

  • 10-12 jalapeño peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 4.5 oz. light cream cheese
  • 5 medium scallions, green part only, sliced
  • 2 oz. shredded low fat sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup egg beaters or egg whites, beaten
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs*
  • 1/8 tsp EACH- paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350°. Wearing rubber gloves, cut peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and membrane. Combine cream cheese, cheddar and scallions in a medium bowl. Combine panko, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in another bowl. Fill peppers with cheese filling with a small spoon or spatula. Dip peppers in egg beaters. Place pepper in panko mixture, using a spoon to make sure all the seasoning doesn’t fall to the bottom of the bowl. Spray a baking pan with oil spray. Lightly spray the peppers with a little more oil spray. Bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, until golden and cheese oozes out. Remove from oven and eat hot!

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