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Hot Pepper Poppers

   8 ounces cream cheese, softened
   4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
   4 ounces Monterey jack cheese, shredded
   6 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled, optional
   1/4 teaspoon salt
   1/4 teaspoon chili powder
   1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
   1 pound fresh jalapenos, seeded, halved lengthwise
   1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
   sour cream, onion dip or ranch salad dressing

      In a mixing bowl, combine cheeses, bacon and seasonings; mix well. Spoon about 2 tablespoons into each pepper half. Roll in bread crumbs. Place in a greased 15x10x1" baking pan. Bake, uncovered, 300 degrees for 20 minutes for spicy flavor, 30 minutes for medium and 40 minutes for mild. Serve with sour cream or dressing.

- contributed by Julia S.

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