Every Halloween season for the past few years, I’ve planned a movie night with a themed dinner to match. This year, our film was Hotel Transylvania. The animated delight is one of my favorites, mainly because Dracula is voiced by Adam Sandler (I couldn’t love him more) and the film is the perfect blend of entertainment for adults and children.
For those who haven’t watched the film (yet), the ensemble includes an array of delightful monsters, among them one of Dracula’s closest pals, the charming mummy, Murray. Thus, an appetizer choice of mummy jalapeño poppers was an obvious need for our Hotel Transylvania-themed menu.
Whether you are planning a Halloween party, a Hotel Transylvania-themed night, or a frightfully delicious appetizer to spice up your everyday menu, these Mummy Jalapeño Poppers will surely hit the spot.
- 12 large Jalapeños
- 8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 3tbsp Cilantro (fresh, finely chopped)
- 3tbsp Chives (fresh, finely chopped)
- Fakin’ Bacon
- 2tsp Cumin
- 2tsp Garlic powder
- 2tsp White pepper
- Pillsbury Crescent Dough Sheet
- Eye sprinkles (optional)
Disclaimer: When I cook, everything is to taste (especially seasonings). The measurements above are an estimated baseline. Feel free (of course) to add more as you go.
- Prepare the Jalapeños: Slice the jalapeños in half lengthwise and remove the seeds (with a spoon or hands). I recommend wearing gloves to protect your hands from the spicy oils. Set aside.
- Fakin’ Bacon: Chop the fakin’ bacon of choice and sauté in a pan until crispy. Set aside.
- Prepare the Filling: In a mixing bowl, add cream cheese, chopped chives and cilantro, garlic powder, cumin, and white pepper. Add cooked fakin’ bacon – as much or as little as you’d like, start with less and add to taste. Mix until well combined.
- Fill the Jalapeño Halves: Fill each jalapeño half with the cream cheese mixture and pack it in.
- Wrap the Jalapeños: Cut a sheet of pastry into thin strips. Wrap the strips around the jalapeño halves to create a mummy-like appearance. Optional: Leave a small opening at the top for the “eyes.”
- Bake: Preheat your oven to 375°F or as instructed by the dough. Place the wrapped jalapeños on a baking sheet and bake for about 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and the jalapeños are tender.
- Decorate and Serve: Once out of the oven, place edible eyes on each popper, or serve without. I chose to only do a few eyes, just for the look of it.