The Beatles Bash: Devils in Her Heart

For the most part, The Beatles Bash was relatively easy to plan. I planned for a big party and bought loads of decoration, soda, and beer. I cut out some mustaches, some yellow submarines. It had the makings of a simple, effortless party. Until I became singularly obsessed with menu. Every food item had to conform to the theme, and I was throwing out good options that did not fit in the title of a Beatles’ song every day. Some of the food was very easy, albeit with more creative names than usual.  I bought pita bread and humus and declared it “Lovely Pita.”  The “Yellow Submarine Sandwiches” were also simple- a little arugula, prosciutto, basil, and fresh mozzarella.

Other dishes were harder, and I started preparing weeks in advance. Mr. Radar’s chocolate-peanut butter cake, homemade “Cayenne” caramel corn, “Lucy in the Pie” were all planned and started well in advance.  Like a drill sergeant, I had planned the four days leading up to the party down to the minute. I had orchestrated absolutely everything, until a few little devils got in my way and nearly burnt down my kitchen.  Yes, that’s right. I nearly burnt down the house a mere 40 minutes before the guests were to arrive for Mr. Radar’s party.

Why? This recipe. Helenthenanny’s Devils on Hatchback, which I renamed “Devils in her heart.”  I was finishing off the devils in the oven, when I put two other pans (one rigatoni and one baked brie) to bake with the devils. After the application of the honey, grease from the devils started to get out of control. I tried transferring pans, but alas, the grease on the bottom of the oven ignited. The devils made it out unharmed, right before  Mr. Radar let the fire extinguisher rip.

Prepare this recipe with caution, because you will be fanning flames. Perhaps not literal flames, but your friends will want these little devils for every party. And you will be asked to make them over and over.  Learn from my mistake- use a large, sturdy baking pan with sides.

Devils on Hatchback

Adapted from Helenthenanny on Food52

Makes about 40 Poppers

  • 20 Jalapeno Peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 20 slices of bacon, cut in half.
  • 3 tablespoons honey,
  • black pepper

(1) Clean the Jalapenos before roasting them whole. I roasted them under the broiler for about 5 minutes. My broiler is not very powerful, so if you have a *functional* broiler, three minutes might do the trick.  Place the peppers in a large, heat proof bowl with a plate on top. This will steam the jalapenos, and make it easier to remove the skins.

(2) When the peppers have cooled, remove the skins by rubbing them gently with a clean kitchen towel. Slice them in half lengthwise, and remove most of the seeds. (If you are feeling devilish, you can leave the seeds for extra spicy poppers)

(3) Preheat oven to 350. Then, place about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese in each pepper half. Roll up the pepper, so that the cream cheese is covered. Wrap half a slice of bacon around the pepper. Place it seam side down on a baking sheet with a piece of parchment or a Silpat.

(4) Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.  Drizzle with honey and black pepper. Bake for another 5-10 minutes, until the bacon is crispy and done.

Serve immediately. Consider making a double or triple batch. They go fast.

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