Hallow-peño Poppers!

Before anyone jumps all over my case for not coming up with some kind of spectacular, life-sized mummy cake for Halloween, I gotta tell you…mummy cakes are hard. And dusty. And you get strings all in your teeth. In short: not as good as it sounds. So instead, I give you a cleverly re-named and re-formed old favorite of mine, yours, and everyone who ever ate at the Alligator Grill.

I was sweating it, people, because although I had taken the summer off from shooting, I somehow did not manage to experiment in the kitchen near as much as I wanted to. And then it was the day before we were supposed to get back on that internet-cooking-show horse and ride it off into the tequila sunset, and I still didn’t really know what I was going to do.

Fortunately, I suffer from bouts of insomnia wherein I am woken up for some reason at three in the morning (a siren, a ghost, a pin drop) and for the life of me, can not get back to sleep. Those nights suck big zebra balls, but sometimes I come up with something my daytime brain would have never thought of. This was one of those things!

Interlaced bacon!

It helped that I still have about 20 pounds of bacon in the freezer. I was so excited, it was hard to stay in bed the rest of the night. But I did, and eventually drifted back to sleep around five, but then I woke up at seven to get in that kitchen! And it worked. And I was happy.

Watch the Hallow-peño Poppers Video on YouTube!

So here is the first in a short series we’ll be doing on Halloween this month. We are SO excited to be shooting weekly episodes again! Yay!!!

Hallow-peño Poppers Recipe!


Jalapeño Poppers

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Classic bacon, jalapeno, cream cheese combination with a Halloween twist!

  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 6 medium jalapenos
  • 12 strips of center-cut bacon
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 12 pecan halves
  • Sriracha sauce


  1. Cut the jalapenos in half length wise and cut out the seeds, membranes, and stems. Spread about a teaspoon of cream cheese into each jalapeno half.
  2. With a very sharp knife, cut fringes into each bacon strip, about one-third of the way in from each end. You should be able to make 3 fringes on each end.
  3. Set a jalapeno half cream-cheese-side-up on the center of a slice of fringey bacon. Wrap the ends up and around, interlacing the fringes over the cream cheese.
  4. Carefully transfer the jalapenos to a baking sheet, cream-cheese-side-down, and spread the little legs out.
  5. Bake for about 15 minutes until the bacon legs are crispy.
  6. Put a pecan half into the stem end of each jalapeno and make tiny eyeballs with Sriracha. Stab em with a toothpick to make them more gruesome and easier to eat.

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  1. Topper on October 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Love the cussing! The food looks good too! “Not my boobs”, too fucking funny!

  2. anne almirall on October 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Weeeee!! Glad you and your boobs and your delicious foods are back.

  3. Miguel on October 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    3 things:

    1) Are zebra balls striped?
    2) “Cock sauce”?! HAHAHA! HILAHrious
    3) The audio during the cooking part is mono (left channel only). Not sure if you were aware of that. It’s easy to double it to right channel, if you need help lemme know.

    Keep up the show! LOVE it!

    • Christopher on October 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Hey Miguel! Thanks for your comments. The audio issue was totally my fault. Switched to a new post-production workflow for this ep and I totally forgot to double the audio.


  4. TheFensk on October 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Great stuff!!!

  5. Melissa on October 19, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Great idea. Can’t wait to make them. Perhaps one should not put her dog on her cooking surface.

    • Hilah Cooking on October 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm

      That’s what bleach is for! (Just kidding. I do not wash my dog in bleach.)

  6. Sherry on October 19, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Those poppers look adorable Hilah! Glad to have you back! Your puppy is cute too! I filled out your questionnaire but forgot to sign my name. I’m the one that talks about how you have some of my same recipes. Thanks for the free Breakfast Taco cookbook! See you next time!

  7. Kathryn on October 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Adorbs. Let me know if you ever want to tackle that mummy cake. I’m game!

  8. Hilah on October 19, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Dear Hilah just watched the new show, it is great. Looking forwardnto a seasonof great shows, Love hilah

  9. Randy on October 19, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Welcome back, Hilah! Your show is at the top of my list of must-see TV.
    These poppers sound too good to only make once a year (for that matter, Halloween is too good to just occur once a year). Maybe during one of MY bouts of insomnia, I’ll come up with ideas for really cool party themes to make these for.

  10. Mario on October 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    My Uncle from Mexico makes these too! They taste great with lime juice squeezed over them.

  11. Bill on October 19, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Great to see you back Hilah. Will have to try those poppers this weekend. Thanks!

  12. Ken on October 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Great ideas Hilah. Got a question for you. I just moved and I now have a gas range for the first time ever. What are the rules for cooking with the gas versus the electric I’m use to?

    • Hilah Cooking on October 21, 2010 at 10:42 pm

      Ooh! You’re gonna love it. It heats up faster and cools off faster than electric so keep an eye on your skillets while you’re preheating them. I think you’ll find it very easy to use. Plus you can heat up tortillas and roast peppers right on the stove!

  13. dad on October 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    really cute bugs, still you should mention that those poppers could be made with low fat cheese and turkey bacon for the old farts like me. it makes me proud that my daughter is so hot that she can still wear her wedding dress. way to go hilah!

  14. Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox on October 19, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    This is soooo cool! Great idea and such awesome party food!

  15. Bonnie Wilkinson on October 20, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    Those are pretty cute! I love the cock sauce eyes and guts!

  16. Mark on October 21, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I think you should stab them with cocktail swords.

  17. shane on April 1, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    LOL, you rubbed your dog’s coochie all over your countertop

    • Hilah Cooking on April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      My dog’s coochie is cleaner than your mouth! 😉 LOL

  18. Travioli on October 29, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Hilah’s insomnia confirms my long held suspicion that this is Cthulhu’s second favorite Halloween snack!

    • Hilah on October 29, 2011 at 9:55 am

      What is Cthulu’s first favorite Halloween snack!?!

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