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Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Recipe: Bacon Wrapped, Duck Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Are you a hunter and have extra waterfowl you don’t know what to do with? Some people think ducks and geese have a gamy taste and cooking them can seem to be a challenge every once in a while. That’s where we can come in handy! Today we made some VERY delicious jalapeno poppers with duck that we’d like to share with you!

This is a super easy recipe that doesn’t take much time at all. The duck could also be replaced with your choice of meat (pheasant, grouse, venison).

Ingredients:
10 medium sized jalapenos
1 brick of mozzarella cheese
4 mallard-sized breasts (or 6 teal-sized breasts) Plan for a little more because they taste great right out of the frying pan!
1 pack of bacon (I like to mix it up with some turkey bacon)

How to:
Start by cutting your duck breasts in strips according to the size of the jalapenos that you purchased, some might be long and skinny or short and fat. Season your meat to your own preference. We enjoy a sprinkle of paprika and cayenne pepper prior to the frying pan. Heat up a small amount of oil in a medium sized saucepan. Place seasoned duck into pan and sprinkle some Montreal Chicken Seasoning (if available). Cook until browned on the outside; they will finish cooking in the oven. When done cooking cool to room temperature.

Preheat your oven to 350.

Next cut your jalapenos in half the long way in order to make a boat for the duck and cheese to rest in. Remove all the seeds to help tone down the heat of the peppers. Cut the cheese into strips that’ll fit into the jalapenos. Assemble the poppers by placing the cheese and duck into a half of a jalapeno. Wrap a piece of uncooked bacon around to secure the contents and put a toothpick through to keep it all together. Repeat until finished.

Once all the poppers are assembled place on a baking sheet, making sure the cheese won’t run out of the peppers. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until bacon is cooked to satisfaction then serve.

I hope you enjoy this tasty appetizer that is simple to make. Please share your recipes that you’ve perfected below in the comments we’d love to hear them and try it out ourselves!

Tiffany, Otter Tail Country Tourism Team

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