Fried Jalapeño Poppers


  • 1 lb Jalapenos
  • 16 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin (optional)
  • Salt
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Flower
  • 2 cups Breadcrumbs
  • 1 - 2 qts Vegetable Oil


1. Wearing gloves if you have them, trim off and discard the top and bottom of each jalapeño. Cut each jalapeño crosswise into 1-inch rings. Remove seeds and white inner ribs from each ring (a small melon-baller works well for this).

2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir cream cheese with lime juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin until thoroughly blended. Season with salt. Using a butter knife, pack cream cheese into each jalapeño ring, filling it completely and smoothing the surface.

3. Fill 1 bowl with milk, 1 bowl with flour, and 1 bowl with breadcrumbs. Working 1 popper at a time, dip in milk, then transfer to flour.

4. Coat popper in flour all over. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining poppers. Let floured poppers stand for 5 minutes.

5. Working 1 popper at a time, return floured popper to milk, turning to coat. Transfer to breadcrumbs.

6. Pack popper in breadcrumbs, turning to coat, until an even coating has formed. Repeat with remaining poppers.

7.Heat 2 inches of oil to 350°F. Add poppers and fry, gently turning and stirring, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined baking sheet and season with salt. Let stand 5 minutes before serving with salsa.

Personally, I like the idea of MTT sleeping with his partner. Not doin’ the nasty sleeping with his partner just the actual sleeping together with his partner. Surprisingly innocent. He’d take favor in being little spoon tonight even though he’s flexible with whatever position & would’ve happily been big spoon if his partner wanted it that way. 

He’s hooked up to the wall, charging ( which I’d imagine his partner did for him because by the end of the day, MTT is often drained & sluggish & just the idea of his partner helping him out just :’) ). The room would be filled with nothing but their soft, sleeping breaths. The room is cool & dim & spacious. His partner slides one of their hands down his side & rests it on his hip & MTT just smiles, scoots a little closer, & holds their hand before falling asleep again.

Before they both go to sleep, though, he’s playing with their hand & they’re playing w/ his hair while they’re both just chatting. Both of them dreary, voices groggy with sleep. They just lie here in the dark together & that’s all they need. MTT just looks at his partner because something they said made him have this smile & the next minute, he’s peppering kisses on their face & reminding them, asking them if they realize how much they mean to him. & they do.