Ina Garten says that, for a dinner party, she just likes to have one perfect appetizer for her guests to enjoy before dinner, instead of a confusing mix of multiple appetizers that spread the host thin trying to prepare. I find that the following appetizer is awesome for casual parties, especially where there will be lots of men. It combines the elements of mild spice, cheese and bacon. I've rarely met a guy who could say no to any of these. Plus, they are easy to get ready. Buon appetito!
-3 slices thin cut bacon, cut into quarters
-1 block cream cheese, softened
-1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
After softening the cream cheese, mash the shredded cheddar into it thoroughly. Remove the stems and slice each jalapeno in half lengthwise (making a little canoe) and scoop out the seeds and spicy rib. Spread the cheese mixture into each jalapeno half, flush with the edges of the pepper. Once each jalapeno is filled, lay a piece of bacon on top and place on a baking sheet.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and crisping.