Cheddar Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

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12 jalapeño peppers
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup cooked, crumbled bacon
¼ cup Tillamook Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
(about 1 ounce)
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
12 toothpicks

Turn on oven broiler and place rack in the middle. Line baking sheet with foil.
Lay one of the jalapeño peppers on a cutting board so that it sits flat without rolling.

Cut in half lengthwise and remove stem. Using a spoon, carefully scrape the inside to remove the seeds and ribs. Repeat with the remaining peppers; set aside. Wear plastic gloves to protect your hands.

Mix until smooth, the cream cheese, bacon, cheddar cheese, and salt in a medium bowl, and season with pepper. Transfer the mixture to a resealable plastic bag, cut one bottom corner off to make a ¾-inch-wide opening, and squeeze the mixture into the chilis until just filled. Insert a toothpick widthwise through each chili to secure, if necessary. Place the filled chilis on the prepared baking sheet.

Broil for 4 minutes, rotate the pan, and continue to broil until the peppers are starting to char and the filling is browned and bubbly, about 4 minutes more. Remove from the oven and remove the toothpicks. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.