Jalapeño Beef Poppers
Food and Drink

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Jalapeño Beef Poppers

"The crunch of two kinds of fried crumbs with the meaty center of a cheeseburger and the bite of jalapeno. Perfect pairing with any cold libation and a tailgating crew."

2 pounds Certified Angus Beef ground chuck

12 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

6 jalapeños, seeded and minced

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon whole mustard seeds

8 ounces sour cream

1 lime, juice and zest

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons minced cilantro

4 eggs

1 cup plain bread crumbs

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 bottle frying oil as needed

Combine the ground beef, cheese, jalapeños, salt, pepper, and mustard seeds in a large mixing bowl. Portion by hand into 42 1-ounce popper-shaped balls. Refrigerate.

Prepare dipping sauce in a small bowl by whisking together the sour cream, lime juice and zest, honey, and cilantro. Set aside.

Crack and whisk the eggs, and pour into a shallow dish. Combine the bread crumbs and put in a second shallow dish.

Heat a pot of frying oil to 325°F.

Roll the poppers in the egg mix, 6-8 at a time, roll in the bread crumbs, and lay on wax paper. Repeat.

Deep fry 4 minutes in batches. Allow to dry on paper towels. Serve warm with Honey Lime Cream Sauce for dipping.