Bacon-wrapped Baby Bell Pepper Poppers


Serves 6-8 as an appetizer

Baking in Convection mode perfectly browns and crisps the bacon on these colorful little peppers.

Tip: You can easily adapt your favorite recipes to convection by reducing the temperature by 25 degrees, and the bake time by 25%.

18 mini bell peppers, cut in half, seeds and membranes removed

1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup cooked chicken, finely minced

I jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1 teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Pinch of cayenne

Juice of 1/2 lime

12 bacon slices, cut in half

36 wooden picks

Preheat oven in convection mode to 375°F.

Stir together all ingredients except bacon. Spoon 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of mixture into each pepper half, spreading to fill cavity. Wrap each half with a bacon piece, and secure with a wooden pick.

Place poppers on a lightly greased broiler pan.

Bake until bacon begins to crisp, about 18 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil, and broil until bacon is crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.