Braaied bacon, blue cheese and fig chili poppers

This is the perfect starter to make at a braai, to line everyone’s stomachs with something slightly fatty and decadent while they are waiting for the mains. 


250 g blue cheese — crumbled

1 cream cheese

2 whole preserved green figs — chopped

small fresh chives — finely chopped

salt and freshly ground black pepper

for the chillies:

12 pickled jalapeños

12 bacon — streaky, rashers

24 toothpicks


  • To make the filling, place the blue cheese, cream cheese, figs and chives into a mixing bowl and stir well to combine.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Carefully slit the chillies on one side from the stem to the tip.
  • Grab the chilli with your thumb and index finger and gently press to pop open the pocket that you’ve cut.
  • Scrape out the seeds and then spoon in a good amount of cream cheese filling, but don’t over fill it.
  • Press the chilli together to seal and wipe away any excess filling that pops out.
  • Repeat until all the chillies are stuffed. 
  • Carefully wrap each chilli in one rasher of bacon then stick two toothpicks through each bacon-wrapped chilli to secure.
  • Braai the poppers over medium heat coals until the bacon is crisp and the chillies have softened.
  • Remove the toothpicks and serve while it is still hot.

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