Classic bar food, stuffed jalapeños are spicy chiles that are loaded up with cheese before being battered and deep-fried. We wanted to take this ideal game-time snack and make it even better, cutting the calories by half with this quick, easy recipe from our new book Comfort Food Makeovers.
RECIPE MAKEOVER by AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN
BEFORE*: 220 calories, 15 fat, 6g sat fat
AFTER: 120 calories, 7 fat, 4.5g sat fat
*Numbers based on Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapeños from T.G.I Friday's; 1 serving = 3 pieces
WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
To make this appetizer more figure-friendly, we replaced the batter with bread crumbs and turned to the oven. A blanket of panko, toasted and sprinkled over the filling, provided so much crunch that tasters didn't even notice that our stuffed jalapeños were coated on the top only. A blend of reduced-fat cheeses delivered the best flavor and texture: Cheddar gave our filling its savory, cheesy flavor, while cream cheese contributed