If you like deep fried jalapeno poppers, you should really enjoy these. The combination of cheeses gives a wonderful chewy texture and the Panko crumbs get nice and crispy as they bake.
These are not a real "low point" appetizer, but are definitely healthier than the deep fried ones! The Weight Watcher website lists 5 points for a single jalapeno popper but not a size or weight.
Makes 36 poppers – 3 Smart Points for 2
8 oz. Neufchatel cream cheese
1 ¾ cups grated Parmesan cheese
3 T. chopped jalapeño peppers
1 egg white
2/3 cup Panko bread crumbs
Cooking spray, parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil
Preheat oven to 350°.
Mix cream cheese, parmesan cheese, jalapenos and egg white in a bowl to form a paste.
Using a 1 T. scoop or measuring spoon, dip out the mixture and roll in the Panko crumbs, flatten slightly.
Place on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray, or use parchment paper or non stick foil so they won’t stick to the pan.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Flip halfway through the cooking time.
Smart PointsNeufchatel cheese 24
Parmesan cheese 22
Panko crumbs 4