Bacon-wrapped jalapeños and water chestnuts recipe

Blog_Bacon_JalapenosCanapés are brilliant. They’re perfect for feeding a group of people, they look adorable, and because they’re small you can try lots of different things. Our recipe for bacon-wrapped jalapeños and water chestnuts is quick, easy and mouth-wateringly good.


12 streaky bacon rashers, cut in half widthways
12 Kingfisher whole water chestnuts
1 sprinkle brown sugar
12 fresh jalapeño peppers, deseeded
25g cream cheese
3 tbsp chilli sauce or chutney, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas Mark 6.
  1. Cut the bacon rashers in half widthways and lay them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a little brown sugar over them.
  1. Deseed the jalapeños and fill the insides with cream cheese.
  1. Place them on top of half the rashers, and place a chestnut on top of the other half (cut the chestnuts in half if they’re particularly large). Roll up and secure with a cocktail stick.
  1. Bake in the oven for 20 mins, or until crisp. Serve with chilli sauce or chutney for dipping.


Have a Happy New Year, everyone.

An ‘easy does it’ celebration – side dishes

You’ve chosen the main dish – now you need some stunning side dishes to make the Christmas meal really special (the recipes should look and taste amazing but not keep you tied to the stove all morning – unless you’re trying really hard to avoid a particular relative of course!)

In our fourth blog, we’ve got three tasty recipes for your perusal.

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Roasted Squash and Red Onion

A versatile and moreish side that will go with most main dishes

  • Serves 6
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook:45 mins

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Meet the producer: Clonakilty

One of the most popular brands in our Irish Shop and loved by our buyer, Brian, Clonakilty make delicious, traditional black and white puddings, sausages and bacon. Brenda from Clonakilty told us more…

What’s the story behind the Clonakilty brand?

Clonakilty Black Pudding was first made in Edward Twomey’s butcher shop in Clonakilty, West Cork, Ireland in the 1880s. Today it is still made using the same secret spice blend which has been handed down through generations. All Clonakilty products are made using traditional methods, with recipes created from the knowledge and craft gathered over a century of Black Pudding making.

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“Everything should taste like bacon”

Not long now ‘til everyone’s favourite holiday, when family and friends gather together to share love, laughter and good food.

Yep, I’m talking International Bacon Day – and since it comes but once a year (31st August, on the off-chance you’ve forgotten) I’m here to help you celebrate it properly. Read on…

In the words of Justin and Dave, makers of the ultimate bacon flavoured spread, ‘everything should taste like bacon’. So, first up, I bring you Baconnaise! It’s delicious on sandwiches, salads, chicken, ice cream if you really must… Basically, anything that you want to make more baconny.


It’s also Kosher and vegetarian, somehow.

While a bacon-flavoured spread is a mess-free way to get your bacon fix, International Bacon Day isn’t International Bacon Day until you’ve fired up the grill.

A classic BLT is the traditional way to celebrate, and while it makes a tasty lunch, so far so standard.


For those of you who enjoy something a little more creative between your bread, may I suggest a bacon, chocolate and Stilton sarnie? As alt rock gods Incubus enigmatically put it, if not now, when?

Bacon, chocolate and Stilton

Caught the creativity bug? I can recommend the Better Bacon app. It’s packed with know-how, guides and recipes, plus some clever ideas for bacon-infused cocktails.

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By now you’re pondering what to feed your vegetarian guests. No problem. International Bacon Day is nothing if not inclusive. Make sure everyone joins in the tasty bacon fun with…

Smokey Bacon Crisps

Quorn Deli Bacon Flavour Rashers


 Problem solved.

And after the big meal, the family rows over streaky or smoked, plus one too many bacon whisky, comes the snooze in front of the telly. Naturally, you’ll want to round off the day with a Kevin Bacon flick. I’ll be digging out my Footloose DVD; what will you be watching?


Happy International Bacon Day, all.

Matthew, PR Intern