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Crispy Panko Poppers (Vegetarian Style)

Crispy Panko Poppers

A couple of weeks ago I checked on my garden after neglecting for a few days due to the miserable rain we had. There were so many peppers that even the rabbits gave up:

Pepper Picking

(Please note the single, tiny tomato in the midst of this giant pepper party.)

Good thing I love tomatoes

But regardless, I had a ton of jalapeno peppers and decided to make poppers. Here is my vegetarian recipe, using panko breadcrumbs:


  • 6 jalapeno peppers, halved and seeds removed (makes 12 poppers)
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used almond milk, came out delish!)
  • 1 cup canola oil

Cheese Mixture

  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese

Flour Mixture

  • 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of salt and pepper

Directions: Once you have the jalapenos halved and de-seeded, set up your dipping stations. You will have a bowl for the cheese mixture, a bowl for the milk, a bowl for the flour mixture, and a bowl for the breadcrumbs.

Once your stations are set, you can begin assembling your poppers one half at a time. The process is: stuff with cheese, roll in milk, roll in flour, roll back in milk, roll in panko, set aside.

Once you are finished with all of them, heat the oil in a medium frying pan. When it is hot enough, you can place the poppers in and fry them. They fry quickly, so you only need them in there for about a minute and a half for each side. (Tip: use tongs for easy pepper flippage.)

Once they are done, transfer to a plate with a paper towel on it and allow to cool. Enjoy!

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Looks delitious………………

I wish I was there to eat it.

Keep up the good work.

‘@JosephSalvatore They were yummy 🙂 Wish you were here too!

What! Vegetarian Style and I missed this post!!??? Ohh! I LOVE poppers…what are you doing to me Ali!? I NEED an ALI MAC recipe book ASAP. I have wanted to repeat making that egg souffle (is that what it was called?) that turned out so well when I tried it a while back but I keep delaying because I have to go back and look it up on your blog (hahahaha I’m SO lazy geez!)…okay..poppers…another one for printing out…I’m going to make an official spot for my new “Ali Mac Recipe Book” for my cookbook section of the kitchen. 🙂

‘@rshin Love it!!! Guess I do really need to get on with finishing that cookbook now!!! I need to fill that space in your kitchen!! That’s it I’m on a mission now….thanks for the motivation Rula!! 😉

‘@Ali Mac

YES!! I wish I could double “like” that comment! Are you really? If you are then I’ll TOTALLY hold off and doing my printing and wait for the real macoy!

‘@Ali Mac

YES!! I wish I could double “like” that comment! Are you really? If you are then I’ll TOTALLY hold off doing the printing and wait for the real macoy!

‘@rshin TOTALLY 🙂