Chipotle Salmon Mummies

I’ve seen many variations of these cute little mummies this time of year. They are typically filled with cheese, similar to our Jalapeńo Pirate Popper recipe. But for a sophisticated variation I’m stuffing these with a grilled salmon/chipotle pepper/cream cheese mixture. I thought you could safely say these were meant for a more “mature” crowd. But I was proven wrong!

Chipotle Salmon Mummies

1/2 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
1/2-2/3 cup cream cheese
5″ grilled salmon filet (or one can salmon)
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese
Couple dashes of liquid smoke
Jalapeńo Mummies
6 fresh jalapeńo peppers
1 can of refrigerated crescent rolls (Pillsbury)
1 tablespoon cream cheese piped in a bag for eyeballs
24 peppercorns

Preheat your galley oven to 400º.

To make the filling: Mix cream cheese and chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce together. Add red onion, shredded Mexican cheese and liquid smoke (if using). Fold in cooked salmon.

Slice jalapeńo peppers in half, retaining the stems as best as possible. Clean out the seeds. Fill each with the salmon mixture.

Roll put the crescent rolls on a floured surface and push all the split seams together so it’s one flat rectangle of dough. Slice 12 “ribbons” of dough. (easiest if you slice in half first…there will already be a seam there…then slice each half into 6 ribbons), as such:
Wrap one ribbon of dough around each stuffed pepper, leaving room for the eyeballs.
Place on a baking sheet and pop into your preheated oven. Bake until golden brown, which in most cases should be 15 minutes, but for me was more like 30 minutes.
Place a tablespoon of cream cheese in the corner of a ziplock bag. Cut a tiny bit of the corner off to create a piping bag. Pipe two cream cheese dots as eyeballs onto each mummy. Place a black peppercorn in the middle of each eyeball.
Knowing these poppers are “kid-cute” but ingredients made for adults I’d never think that any youngster would like them. But dock toddler David proved me wrong. He apparently devoured one mumbling “Mmmm…tasty…yummy” down the dock. There’s something about those go-with-the-flow marina kids that will venture into anything!

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