Palmetto Poppers by Kitchen
Palmetto Poppers
My husband and I wanted to create a new twist on the Jalapeno Popper. We live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. Our state is called the Palmetto state aptly named for the variety of native palm tree which thrives here. Our state is also well known for it's Pimento Cheese Spread. This cheese dip can be found in nearly every cafe ranging from a burger topping to a type of eggs Benedict, and even a grilled cheese sandwich option. So our idea for the pairing seemed only natural to us.

Instead of the traditional spicy Jalapeno, we paired ours with mini sweet peppers. We made several different varieties and all of them were good. Pictured above we have some poppers wrapped in bacon, but good too were the plain broiled peppers; warm and soft with plenty of gooey cheese inside. These were even good just with raw sweet peppers with the contrast of the fresh vegetable crunch with the soft cheese spread inside. 

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  • About a dozen sweet peppers
  • 1- 8oz. package of Pimento Cheese Spread or a homemade variety which is what I used
  • 1 package of hickory smoked bacon


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Line a sheet pan with foil or a silpat baking sheet. 
  2. Carefully slice each sweet pepper down the middle making a pocket of sorts and gently remove the seeds.  
  3. Cut the raw bacon strips in half using either a knife or kitchen scissors.
  4. Using a sandwich bag with the corner snipped off, fill it full of Pimento cheese and then pipe the peppers full of pimento cheese.  
  5. Wrap one small piece of bacon around each cheese-filled pepper placing the bacon seam on the bottom of the pan to keep it in place. Ensure, however, that the slice you made in the pepper is facing up or the cheese will ooze out during the baking process. 
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the oven. Cooking times may vary so keep an eye on these. Enjoy!

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05/20/2014 8:13pm

YUM! These look so tasty! Looking forward to giving this one a try :)

05/20/2014 8:38pm

Thanks Nicole, these are a new favorite of mine. I especially like them with the raw peppers. I hope you enjoy them.

05/21/2014 10:53am

what a delicious twist :) making these fore sure

05/21/2014 1:18pm

I'm biased bc pimento cheese is a favorite of mine but I really like this mild take on the spicy popper.

05/22/2014 10:03pm

Stopping by from the Weekend Social. I love these poppers. I grow Nu-mex and Tennesee peppers which are more sweet than spicy. This recipe would be perfect for them. Can't wait til they're ready. Blessings...Shari

05/22/2014 10:54pm

I had never heard of these before, but I LOVE pimento cheese, bacon & Jalapeno peppers! These sound DIVINE!!!!!

05/22/2014 10:58pm

My husband and I developed these based on locally grown ingredients and made them as a twist on the Jalapeno popper.

05/23/2014 8:45am

Very nice idea.

05/27/2014 1:12am

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06/12/2014 3:25pm

My kids and I love those baby sweet peppers! We eat them plain, with dip, chopped up in salads, etc. This is a great recipe and I can't wait to try it out! These little bites look delicious.

06/25/2014 6:05am

These look delish! I love anything wrapped in bacon!


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