How to Make Pickle Poppers

Amp up your pickle game with this amazing pickle poppers recipe.  It’s pretty easy to prepare and makes a fantastic game day or family gathering appetizer.

pickle poppers game day party food appetizer

Typically, at any Mennonite family gathering or faspa,  (Faspa [Fah-spa] – a late afternoon meal usually consisting of buns, cheese, cold cuts, pickles and other non-cooked dishes.) you’ll find a plate of home canned pickles.  This pickle poppers recipe is a fabulous way to bump up your pickle game and impress your friends and family the next time y’all get together.  Plus it’s a great way to use up all those pickles and pepper jelly you canned last fall!

I made these for a family New Years party but these pickle poppers will work great at any casual get together that calls for finger food.  Block party, birthday party, bbq, picnic, game day parties… you get the idea… this pickle popper recipe is sure to impress.


You can never go wrong with bacon wrapped pickles and cheese!

Here’s how to make these pickle poppers

Cut the pickles in half lengthwise and pat them dry with a paper towel.  Lay them on a baking sheet cut side up.

Mix together cream cheese, grated cheese, minced garlic, jalapeño, onion and dill.  Spoon this mixture into a ziplock bag, snip the corner and pipe the cheese mixture on to the pickle.

Snugly wrap the piped pickles in a full slice of bacon, covering as much of the pickle and cheese as possible so the cream cheese doesn’t leak out while it’s baking.

Brush a good amount of pepper jelly on to the bacon wrapped pickle.

Bake at 400F for about 20 minutes or until the bacon is nice and crispy and fully cooked.

Pickle Poppers

Author Charlene

Ingredients

  • 1 jar pickles
  • 1 cup cream cheese (250g package)
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheese like cheddar, monterey jack or pepper jack
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • 1 jalapeno minced
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 1 tsp dill (optional)
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1/4 cup pepper jelly

Instructions

  1. Cut the pickles in half lengthwise and pat them dry with a paper towel.  Lay them out on a baking sheet cut side up.

  2. Mix together the cream cheese, grated cheese, minced garlic, minced jalapeño, minced onion and dill.  Spoon this mixture into a ziplock bag.

  3. Snip the corner of the ziplock bag and pipe the cheese mixture on to the pickle.

  4. Snugly wrap the piped pickles in a full slice of bacon covering as much of the pickle as possible so the cream cheese doesn't leak out when it's baking. I used half a slice for short pickles.

  5. Brush a good amount of pepper jelly on to the bacon wrapped pickle.

  6. Bake at 400F for about 20 minutes, or until the bacon is nice and crispy and fully cooked.

Recipe Notes

Tip:  If your pepper jelly is quite thick and not brushing well just pop it into the microwave for a few seconds and warm it up.

Don’t have pepper jelly for your pickle poppers?  Don’t pop a gasket.  Try some plum sauce with 1/2 tsp chilli powder mixed in.

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