Duck Jalapeño Poppers


INGREDIENTS:

2 duck breasts

2 tablespoons liquid smoke

black pepper

salt

1/4 cup sweet bourbon glaze

7 jalapeno peppers

14 slices bacon

brown sugar

FILLING:

8 oz cream cheese

8 ounces manchego cheese, shredded

smoked paprika

garlic powder

cajun seasoning



DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Remove the skin from the duck breasts and slice into pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Place in to a bowl with the liquid smoke and bourbon glaze. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside.

  3. In a mixer, combine the cream cheese and manchego cheese; then season to taste with the smoked paprika, garlic powder, and cajun seasoning.

  4. Slice the tops off of each pepper, cut lengthwise and use a spoon to remove the seeds and insides of each one.

  5. Fill each pepper half with a spoonful of the cheese mixture, top with a slice of duck and wrap in bacon.

  6. Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top of each one and bake for 35-40 minutes; or until the bacon is crispy.



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