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Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachChristina of Mama’s High Strung is a mom of five children who left her career as a broadcast journalist to go to culinary school and pursue a life with food. From her home in Chicago, she offers readers kitchen tips and well-balanced recipes with tons of Latin flavor. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Hola! I’m Christina and my blog is Mama’s High Strung, which pretty much tells you what my life is like with five kids. Summer is here, so we’ve forgotten all about the polar vortex (Okay, I won’t even mention it!) and we’re ready to start living la vida alfresco.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I come from a big Latino family, so our summertime fiestas are filled with music, laughter and lots of food. While the grill is working overtime outside, I use Hamilton Beach’s Searing Grill inside to whip up amazing appetizers and side dishes loaded with outdoor flavor.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

These bacon-wrapped and cheese-stuffed jalapeño poppers will spice up any party with layers of delicious flavor. It’s important to scrape out the veins and seeds inside the jalapeño, because those little devils are what make jalapeños mouth-burning hot. (I usually wear gloves when I’m working with chile peppers – you should, too.)

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Stuff the jalapeños with shredded Mexican-blend cheese. Alternatively, you can use cream cheese, Chihuahua cheese or string cheese. Make sure you really pack the cheese in the jalapeño so you keep all that delicious cheesiness inside.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Carefully wrap each stuffed pepper with one strip of bacon and secure it with a toothpick. Cook the jalapeños on the Searing Grill for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and cooked through. Don’t forget to remove the toothpicks before serving.

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

I absolutely love cooking on the Hamilton Beach Searing Grill, but I have to tell let you in a secret. After a big party, you’ll really love being able to put the grill plate, lid and drip tray in the dishwasher!

Center Stage: Searing Grill Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Jalapeño Poppers with @mamashighstrung on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Searing Grill Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
YIELDS: 10 servings

Ingredients
5 jalapeños
1 cup shredded cheese
10 slices bacon
10 toothpicks
Instructions
Heat Searing Grill on 450°F.
Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scrape out the veins and seeds.
Fill each jalapeño half with cheese. Pack cheese tightly into jalapeño.
Place one bacon slice horizontally on cutting board. Place jalapeño near one end of bacon slice. Fold over shorter piece, then fold over longer piece. Continue until jalapeño is wrapped. Secure bacon with toothpick.
Place jalapeños on Searing Grill; close lid. Cook for 10 minutes, turn and cook 8 to 10 minutes longer or until bacon is cooked through. Remove from Searing Grill. Remove toothpick and serve immediately.
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The high temperature of the Searing Grill makes it possible to get outdoor flavor indoors. Plus, the hood, grill plate and tray are removable and dishwasher-safe, making cleanup a breeze.

 

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Trail Mix for Kids from Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach

August is the busiest travel month of the year as most families try to fit in a vacation or long weekend before school starts back up. Many of us are trying to enjoy the last bits of summer or visiting family before settling into our fall routine. Traveling can be a lot of fun, and you can avoid headaches and setbacks by planning ahead. Being on the road for a long drive (especially with kids) means preparation. So is trying to find a snack that can pass through airline security. And forgetting a snack means a hungry, cranky child (or driver.) To help you prepare for end-of-summer trips, whether to grandma’s house, the beach or the neighborhood pool, we are sharing our Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas. We found our ingredients in the nut and baking aisles, in the snack and candy sections and in the bulk bins at a local grocery store. Substitute ingredients and change it up to make your own personal trail mix. These are our favorites, but we’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.

#1: Trail Mix for Kids

Trail mix is also known in some places as “Gorp” and is a combination of dried fruit and nuts or seeds. Chocolate is optional, but highly encouraged. It was made to keep hikers energized, but these days it’s the perfect travel snack kids can eat with their hands. To make our first mix, we combined equal-sized handfuls of

  • roasted and salted peanuts
  • cashews
  • pretzels
  • raisins
  • banana chips
  • chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips.

You can add or subtract any ingredients you want and get creative with the process. Perhaps your kids would appreciate the addition of cheese crackers, graham crackers or mini marshmallows. Feel free to add whatever you want to the mix. The kids will love it and can even help make it.

Trail Mix for Kids from Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach Trail Mix for Kids from Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach

 

#2: Trail Mix for Adults

When we were discussing trail mix ideas in the Test Kitchen, Pat and I discovered that neither of us loves raisins, but we do enjoy a number of other dried fruits. We have added dried cranberries and other treats in a trail mix that would be equally great for hiking, traveling, or a snack at work. Just combine equal handfuls of the following, substituting ingredients based on your preferences:

  • raw almonds
  • dried mango
  • dried cranberries
  • dark chocolate chips
  • shelled pistachios.

We love the bright colors in this trail mix and the flavors all blend well together. Keep this in your purse in a snack-sized bag for an easy and healthy snack on the go. A few of us here will be keeping this trail mix around the office to quell late-afternoon hunger pangs.

Trail Mix for Adults from Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach Trail Mix for Adults from Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach

#3: Trail Mix for Entertaining

Trail mix is not just reserved for the trails. It also makes a decadent snack to serve at parties or before a dinner party when guests are pouring the wine. Serve this in a pretty bowl so people have something to snack on, and keep your leftovers for a delicious afternoon pick-me-up. Feel free to substitute ingredients as you like, but we enjoyed this mix of

  • white chocolate chips
  • raw almonds
  • hazelnuts
  • chocolate covered espresso beans
  • dried currants
  • dried strawberry rhubarb pieces
  • shelled pistachios.

Other great ideas for this elevated type of trail mix would be dried pineapple, macadamia nuts, coconut, pepitas, and dark chocolate chunks.

Trail Mix for Entertaining from Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach Trail Mix for Entertaining from Top Three Trail Mix Snack Ideas by Everyday Good Thinking | @HamiltonBeach