Jalapeño Poppers with Spicy Watermelon Dipping Sauce

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This entry is part of the 2018 Use the Whole Watermelon Recipe Contest Winners. These Watermelon Guacamole Jalapeño Poppers with Spicy Watermelon Sauce by Hidemi Walsh were awarded an honorable mention in our 2018 Use the Whole Watermelon Recipe Contest. A fun twist on the traditional popper, these are great for game day entertaining, backyard BBQs or Cinco de Mayo fiesta. Leaving in the jalapeño seeds will elevate the heat for those with a spicier palate.

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    8 servings


For Watermelon Jalapeno Guacamole

For Spicy Watermelon Dipping Sauce


  1. Wash jalapeños and pat dry with paper towels. Slice jalapeños in half lengthwise to make a boat shape. Discard all seeds and membranes.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, flour and water.
  3. In a large shallow plate or bowl, put tortilla chips and panko, and mix to combine.
  4. Make filling: Halve each avocado, pit, scoop out avocado flesh and put into a bowl.
  5. Mash avocados. Add minced watermelon flesh, cilantro and lime juice. Add garlic, salt and black pepper to taste. Put filling into inside of each jalapeño evenly.
  6. Dip each stuffed jalapeño into the egg mixture to coat all sides, then coat all sides of stuffed jalapeños with tortilla chips mixture.
  7. Heat about 2 inches of oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Work in 2 batches. When the oil gets hot, put 4 stuffed jalapeños into the skillet and deep fry until all sides are golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Repeat this with the rest of stuffed jalapeños (add more oil if necessary).
  8. Make dipping sauce: Put watermelon puree, soy sauce, crushed red pepper, sugar and lemon juice into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently until slightly thickened (4-5 minutes).
  9. Serve guacamole jalapeño poppers with the dipping sauce.

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