Lazy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Casserole

I find myself frequently making bite-sized food - tater tots, meatballs, jalapeno poppers - imagining how cute they'll look once I'm done. It's about halfway through, when I'm in a hot kitchen trying to wrap 36 over-stuffed jalapenos in bacon or painstakingly shaping tater tots (for which, by the way, Kenji's nigirizushi-inspired method is perfect) that I eventually realize I'd rather just eat regular-sized food with a fork and knife. 

From my laziness comes this take on Fit Men Cook's turkey jalapeno poppers - instead of individually grilled, jalapenos are mixed with ground turkey and cauliflower rice, then baked - which means your spicy, cheesy, bacon-y meal comes together a whole lot quicker. 

Lazy Bacon Jalapeno Popper Casserole

Serving Size:8 (portions on the smaller side)
Nutrition: 190 Calories | 23g Protein | 8g Fat

Time to Food: prep time + cook time

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh jalepenos, seeds removed and sliced (more if you like it spicy)
  • Additional handful of fresh sliced jalepenos, reserved
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lb 99% fat free ground turkey
  • 1 lb riced cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup turkey stock (I love Better than Boullion)
  • 1/2 cup pickled jalepenos, sliced
  • 1/2 cup scallions, diced
  • 1 cup green peppers, diced
  • 3 oz fat free feta crumbles
  • 8 oz nonfat greek yogurt
  • 4 slices thin-cut bacon
  • 4 oz mexican cheese blend

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Pre-cook turkey - cook fresh jalapenos and garlic in a bit of spray oil for 2-3 minutes, then add turkey and cook until no longer translucent.
  3. While turkey is cooking, cook bacon, crumble into bits, and set aside.
  4. Once turkey has whitened, add turkey stock and riced cauliflower. Cook until cauliflower is softened and stock is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove turkey mix from the heat and stir in pickled jalapenos, scallions, green peppers, feta, and yogurt.
  6. Spread into pyrex dish and top with cheese, bacon, and reserved jalapenos.
  7. Bake at 400 until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 10 minutes.

Variations

To make cleanup easier, you could brown the turkey and califlower in an oven-safe dish (cast iron or dutch oven) and then bake in the same pan; I switched to the larger pyrex dish so there's be a larger surface area for toppings.

Of course, the original Fit Men Cook recipe for turkey jalapeno poppers is fantastic! Pictures below.