עקסטרעם וועגאַן מאַקעאָווער: דזשאַלאַפּענאָ פּאַפּערז אַדישאַן

לעצטנס, I’ve been making a lot of comfort foods. Comfort foods for me do not involve sweets or chocolate or bread or pasta. קיין, פֿאַר מיר, comfort food means fried and crunchy.

The timing couldn’t be worse for my sudden need for comfort foods. Spring is here. The weather is s-l-o-w-l-y getting warmer and soon it will be time to put away the coats and sweaters. There will be no place to hide.

Why the need for comfort now? I think it’s because I’m going through a stressful time and the season change is actually making it worse. There are a lot of events and activities going on, things I used to do, that I can’t do right now. I’m missing out on a lot of fun stuff and experiences that I keep reading about everyday from the people enjoying them. It makes me feel really isolated, lonely and left out.

It doesn’t help that I did a combination of the Crazy Sexy Diet and Dr. Fuhrman’s cleanse for 3 months – no processed food, no gluten, no sugar, no caffeine – and I didn’t feel one ounce better.

I’ve always been an emotional eater but now I guess I’m also an emotional cooker. It’s a good thing I have some willpower so that even though I may cook something that’s not the healthiest choice (although still way healthier than how I could make it), I try hard not to eat much of it. That’s Tom’s job 🙂

And if I make something that’s fried, then I balance it out by having something like just a raw kale salad for dinner.

That was really vital when it came to this recipe because it was soooo good, it was really hard to stop at just one or two. My favorite foods have always been appetizers. אין פאַקט, if it were up to me, at the end of dinner, instead of a dessert menu, I would be handed back the appetizer menu. Who wants ice cream or cake if I can have wings or jalapeno poppers?

אַלעווייַ, this feeling will pass soon or I’ll be having my own personal global oil crisis. Only instead of it being in the Middle East, it will be in my Middle Waist (ha ha ha ha ha….so קאָנווערטער סטילע="טעקסט-דעקאָראַטיאָנ: ונדערלינע;"> נישט funny)!

טאָן: This recipe is written to be gluten-free because I’ve been continuing to limit the amount of gluten in my diet but feel free to use regular breadcrumbs or Panko crumbs when you make it.

דזשאַלאַפּענאָ פּאָפּפּערס


12 דזשאַלאַפּענאָ פּעפּערז

1 tub Vegan cream cheese (איך נוצן Tofutti brand. Make sure you get the yellow tub which is non-hydrogenated. The one in the white tub has trans fats!!!!)

½ – 1 cup Vegan cheddar shreds (I used Daiya)
1 cup soy milk
½ – ¾ גלעזל טשיקקפּעאַ מעל
זאַלץ און פעפער צו טעם
1 ½ cups tortilla crumbs (I use the ones made by I.M. געזונט: די SoyNut Butter Company. They are dedicated to making products for people with allergies to peanuts, ניסלעך, dairy and gluten.)

סאַפפלאָווער ייל פֿאַר פריינג
קאָשער זאַלץ


Heat about 1-inch of oil in a saucepan or skillet.

Cut the tops off the jalapenos and slice them in half. Take out the ribs and the seeds.

אין אַ שיסל, mix the Vegan cream cheese and the Vegan cheddar cheese. Spoon about 1 Tbs. of the cheese mix into the jalapeno halves.

In separate bowls, put the milk and the flour. Add salt and pepper to the flour. Put the tortilla crumbs on a plate. Dip the stuffed jalapenos into the milk, then into the flour. שאָקלען אַוועק די וידעפדיק מעל. Do this to all of the peppers.

Dip the jalapenos back into the milk, then into the crumbs. Dip the peppers back into the milk and then back into the crumbs. Make sure they are fully coated.

Make sure the oil is hot by sprinkling some flour into the pot. It should sizzle. Also be careful not to let the oil get too hot (if you have a thermometer, וועגן 360 degrees is good).

Carefully place the coated jalapeno peppers into the oil. Fry them for just 2 אָדער 3 מינוט, turning them over half-way through. They should be golden brown. Remove them from the oil with a slotted spoon. Place on a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Sprinkle some salt on them while they are still hot.

Serve with a nice big raw kale salad 🙂

האַנאָע האָבן!

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  1. Robin פעברואַר 7, 2012 בייַ 5:39 בין #

    I made these for my Superbowl Party and they were a HUGE hit!!! I was a bit intimidated at first because I was worried about the filling coming out like other homemade versions I have seen but these stood up well to the fryer and looked VERY professional! I truly feel lucky to have come across Rhea’s amazing blog 🙂

  2. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס יאַנואַר 28, 2012 בייַ 5:36 בין #

    עלי, definitely. I made a healthier version called “כאַלאַפּיניאָו פּאַפּערז רעוויסיטעד” דאָ:

  3. עלי יאַנואַר 28, 2012 בייַ 5:28 בין #

    Do you think these could be sprayed lightly with a little oil and then baked in a really warm oven?

  4. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס יאַנואַר 1, 2012 בייַ 8:33 בין #

    Dear Karmah,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. I hope you enjoy the poppers. I’ll be making the baked ones tomorrow. מזל ניו יאר!

  5. Karmah יאַנואַר 1, 2012 בייַ 7:28 בין #

    Thank you for (always) sharing your compassionate heart and culinary genius with the rest of us. You are a bright light, within and beyond our community. Can’t wait to try out these poppers!

    מזל ניו יאר!

  6. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס ויגוסט 17, 2011 בייַ 1:32 בין #

    Thank you Catherine. So glad you liked them. 🙂

  7. Catherine ויגוסט 16, 2011 בייַ 11:20 בין #

    These were delicious!! I used Follow Your Heart Nacho Cheese instead of the cheddar. They were perfect!

    I am sitting here stuffed and happy. 🙂

    Your recipes are the best, ריאַ!

    – Catherine DeSimone

  8. טריסטאַ יוני 17, 2011 בייַ 11:29 PM #

    I made these and they were soooooo good! 🙂

  9. דזשינאַ מייַ 9, 2011 בייַ 9:05 בין #

    Ohhhhhh man! די קוקן אַזוי גוט! I’ll definitely be trying these out soon!

  10. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס מייַ 6, 2011 בייַ 2:01 בין #

    Hey Isaak, I was just reading an article about chile peppers and it said that jalapenos can range in heat from 2500 units on the Scoville scale all the way to a whopping 10,000 units depending on where they are grown so it could mean, מעגלעך, that the peppers you got were really hot ones. ?

  11. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס מייַ 5, 2011 בייַ 1:42 בין #

    Hi Isaak, I’m so sorry you and your friends found the poppers too hot. The pepper is the only ingredient that has any spice so what to do?

    Since the heat of a pepper lies in the ribs and seeds (where the capsacin is), that can get removed but you said you did that. Make sure ALL the white stuff is gone.

    Some say the larger peppers are less spicy than the smaller ones. Some say you could soak them first – this will also make them softer and you might lose the crunch.

    Short of trying another type of pepper that is less spicy, I would say make sure you are very generous with the cream cheese/daiya mix per pepper. I loaded each pepper half up (I thought maybe too much) so that my creamy, smooth cheese part overshadowed the thin pepper. You can see in the pictures that mine look like fried cheeze with that thin slice of green inside.

    I hope it works out better if you try it again and if you learn any tips on how to make it less spicy, please let me know 🙂

  12. Isaak מייַ 4, 2011 בייַ 2:12 PM #

    הי ריאַ,
    I was really excited to try this recipe, and got four vegans together for a jalepeno popper party! We followed the recipe exactly, but found that they were literally too spicy to eat. We’d scraped the seeds and ribs , so I’m not even sure what happened. Was there something we missed? Is there a way to make these so that they aren’t too spicy? None of us are afraid of a little kick in our food, but these were definitely overboard for casual eating.

  13. Jared אַפּריל 5, 2011 בייַ 6:52 בין #

    those look gorgeous, and what an easy recipe! I’ll be making them soon.

  14. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס אַפּריל 2, 2011 בייַ 11:51 בין #

    Thanks Christina. Hope you enjoy them!!

  15. קריסטינאַ אַפּריל 2, 2011 בייַ 5:57 בין #

    “Every one should be vegan” – amen, sisters! Those jalapeno poppers look freaking fantastic! I haven’t had one since I went veg – and that will change very soon. דאַנק פֿאַר די רעצעפּט!

  16. ריאַ פּאַרסאָנס אַפּריל 2, 2011 בייַ 4:26 בין #

    Hi Barbie,
    I am so glad to hear that the “Eat to Live” diet helped you so much! I’m thinking I’m the only person on earth to not get any benefits from that or the Crazy, Sexy Diet.
    But then I try to be optimistic and think maybe I’d feel worse if I wasn’t doing them. Maybe the effects would be greater if I already hadn’t been eating a whole-food vegan diet to begin with. I didn’t really have to make huge changes.

    But I’m not giving up on them either. Even though I’m not gluten-intolerant, if there’s a gf version of somethng, that’s what I buy and it’s only a once-in-a-blue-moon treat to have a Gardein product or a slice of rye bread. I know that wheat can worses inflammation & autoimmune disorders. Maybe I’ll feel something in more time. I certainly don’t want to go backwards.

    And I agree. Everyone should be a Vegan:)

  17. Barbie אַפּריל 2, 2011 בייַ 2:53 בין #

    I’m sorry to hear the “eat to live” diet didn’t do anything for you! פֿאַר מיר, it was a life changer. I guess that just goes to show that there’s no “one size fits all” diet solution- געזונט, except for Veganism. Everyone should be a vegan 🙂

שלאָגן קאָונטער צוגעשטעלט דורך מאַראַנץ קאָונטי פאַרמאָג פאַרוואַלטונג