Recipe Box, Dixie Mac & Cheese Poppers

Just to show you that Spring is coming~


The days are longer and the skies are blue


Girls are donning spring dresses

dixie poppers

And it’s time to BBQ!


We did head to the Gulf coast last week to escape the snow and have a little family fun over the Valentine/President’s Day weekend, and the first thing we did was crank up the BBQ grill~


Nobody wanted to spend too much time in the kitchen so we decided to keep it simple Saturday night and grill some shrimp and make some poppers, Southern style, stuffed with macaroni and cheese, don’t cha know…


You can’t beat good old Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese


We did half jalapenos and half mini sweet peppers


a heaping spoonful of cooked mac and cheese


Stretch your bacon gently before cutting so you can use less per pepper and go further around.  We cut each strip into 3rds.  HHjr used kebab skewers because we didn’t have any toothpicks and it worked out quite brilliantly! The skewered poppers kept each other from rolling around


I don’t think I have to tell you that these were “eye rolling” good~

dixie poppers 2

We were all saying,” Yep, this is a keeper!”

bacon, mac & cheese stuffed peppers

the jalapenos charred on the bottom, but that made them taste even better

mac & cheese poppers

Of course you can cook these in the oven too~ use a foil lined baking sheet and a cooking rack and roast at 400, until peppers are soft and bacon is crisp, about 20 minutes or so

dixie poppers

Paired with grilled shrimp this meal felt like a summer dinner!


So come on, follow CC, Spring is just around the corner!


Here’s the recipe:


Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Macaroni & Cheese cooking time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Grill, Southern
Servings 32


  • 8 jalapenos
  • 8 mini sweet peppers assorted colors
  • 2 large boxes 20 ounce, 2.5 servings each, Stouffer’s Macaroni and Cheese [you will have some left over]
  • 10-12 slices bacon
  • toothpicks or skewers


  • Prepare macaroni and cheese according to package directions.
  • Wash, core and seed jalapenos and peppers, cutting off the stem ends and cutting them in half. Be careful with the jalapenos, wear gloves if you are sensitive.
  • Stretch bacon strips gently and cut into thirds. Place a heaping spoonful of mac and cheese in each pepper half. Wrap with a third of a strip of bacon and secure bacon with tooth pick or on a skewer.
  • Grill until bacon is done and peppers are soft, or place on a baking sheet and cook at 400 until bacon is done and peppers are soft, 20-25 minutes. Makes 32
Keyword appetizer, bacon wrapped peppers, bleu cheese poppers, grilled burgers, mac and cheese, macaroni and cheese, Southern side dish, spicy appetizer

I hope I have brightened your day!  Dixie Poppers are sure to heat it up a little!


I will be joining these wonderful parties and blogs:

Four Seasons Blog Hop

Miz Helen’s Country Cottage

Love Bakes Good Cakes

Will Cook for Smiles

Seasonal Sunday

Metamorphosis Monday

Coastal Charm

The Gunny Sack

Memories by the Mile

Savvy Southern Style

17 Responses to “Recipe Box, Dixie Mac & Cheese Poppers”
  1. I love me some stuffed jalapenos and these sound great! I’m going to hold you to your word that spring is on the way… Adorable bunny dress:@)

  2. Joyce says:

    These look great-living in Texas I use quite a few jalapenos every week, I also have stuffed them with cream cheese and chives wrapped in bacon-this recipe looks like a great one and I am sure going to give it a try!

  3. Christine says:

    Hi Jenna, wow that looks delish…..have to pin for sure!!! thanks for leaving me another sweet comment on my Valentine Bunny post. I can;t reply to your comment directly , because you show up as a non reply blogger. xoxoxo Christine from Little Brags

  4. Liz Mackie says:

    What a cuties. Thanks for the nice recipe.

    >________________________________ > From: the Painted Apron >To: >Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:02 AM >Subject: [New post] Recipe Box, Dixie Mac & Cheese Poppers > > >the Painted Apron posted: “Just to show you that Spring is coming~ The days are longer and the skies are blue Girls are donning spring dresses And it’s time to BBQ! We did head to the Gulf coast last week to escape the snow and have a little family fun o” >

  5. This looks really good. Did you leave the peppers in that big pan to cook?

  6. Mary says:

    Oh My….mac & cheese stuffed peppers wrapped in bacon! We have to try, love the skewer idea, necessity is the mother of invention.

    CC is prettier than the Gerbera baby, love the smocked bunny dress!

    P.S. Was happy & surprised today when I saw WP added pin it button to photos 🙂

  7. Poppy says:

    mmm this look so delicious and my favorite grilled shrimp! Thanks for sharing the recipe for mac and cheese poppers, my daughter loves those:) CC is sooo cute, love her smile! Hugs, Poppy

  8. I love mac and cheese and these look delish with the bacon!
    Hugs, Lynnie

  9. Cindy says:

    Boy, does that look good. Makes my mouth water just to look at it. Grilling out is months away here – so envious.

  10. Sarah says:

    My “chef” love mack and cheese so I’ll send this right over to him. 😉
    A getaway to the coast sounds wonderful. I’m ready for spring, so I’m following CC round the corner.

  11. Kim says:

    Jenna, these poppers look amazing!!! I was wondering if y’all had been to the coast lately. I hope I haven’t missed any updates on your addition. CC is such a cute little hostess! 🙂

  12. This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up at The Four Seasons Blog Hop! Sandra from Scrumptilicious 3 You!

  13. Miz Helen says:

    I’m drooling over the coast and your Dixie Mac N Cheese Poppers. Great photo’s especially the precious little one! I can’t wait to start the BBQ season and will be trying this recipe, it looks so easy. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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