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Jalapeno Popper Bites

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Indulge in the perfect blend of spicy and creamy with these Jalapeño Popper Bites. Each bite-sized morsel is a delightful combination of rich cream cheese, sharp Monterey Jack, and the gentle heat of diced jalapeños, all encased in a golden, crispy breadcrumb coating. These bites are not just an appetizer; they’re a conversation starter, perfect for any gathering where you want to impress with something both simple and spectacular.

The beauty of these Jalapeño Popper Bites lies in their versatility. Whether you’re hosting a party, looking for a quick snack, or simply craving something deliciously spicy, these bites are sure to satisfy. They’re easy to make, even easier to devour, and are guaranteed to leave your guests asking for the recipe. So, why wait? Dive into the world of homemade appetizers with these irresistibly tasty Jalapeño Popper Bites!

Jalapeno Popper Bites Recipe

Ingredients

For the Filling:

  • 1 cup (113 g) freshly shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 medium jalapeños, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 6 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

For the Flour Coating:

  • ½ cup (62.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Egg Wash:

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons water

For the Breadcrumb Coating:

  • 1 cup (108 g) plain breadcrumbs
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For Frying:

  • Vegetable or canola oil

Instructions

  1. Preparing the Filling:
    • In a large mixing bowl, blend together the Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese, diced jalapeños, crumbled bacon, and minced garlic.
    • Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of this mixture and roll it into a firm ball. Place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process with the remaining mixture.
    • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes to chill the cheese balls.
  2. Setting Up for Assembly:
    • Arrange three broad, deep plates.
    • On the first plate, mix the all-purpose flour with kosher salt and black pepper.
    • On the second plate, beat together the eggs and water.
    • On the third plate, combine the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Coating the Cheese Balls:
    • Roll each cheese ball first in the flour mixture, then dip into the egg wash, and finally coat well with the breadcrumb mixture. Ensure each cheese ball is thoroughly coated at each stage. Continue this process with all the cheese balls.
  4. Frying the Cheese Balls:
    • Heat about ¼ inch of oil in a large skillet over medium heat (the oil should be around 350°F).
    • Fry the cheese balls in batches until they turn golden brown on all sides, which should take about 3 minutes.
    • Remove the cheese balls and place them on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  5. Serving:
    • Serve these delicious cheese ball bites hot and enjoy!

This recipe for cheese ball bites is perfect for those who love a combination of creamy and spicy flavors, wrapped in a crispy coating. They’re ideal for parties, gatherings, or as a tasty snack. Enjoy making and savoring these delightful bites!

Jalapeno Popper Bites FAQS

How do you get batter to stick to jalapenos?

Are you struggling to get that perfect, crispy coating on your jalapeños? Getting batter to stick to jalapeños can be a bit tricky, but with the right technique, you can achieve that delightful crunch every time. Here’s how:
Dry the Jalapeños: Start by patting your jalapeños dry. Removing excess moisture is key to helping the batter adhere.
Dredge in Flour: Before dipping them in batter, lightly coat the jalapeños in flour. This provides a surface for the batter to cling to.
Dip in Batter: Now, dip your floured jalapeños into your batter. Whether it’s a beer batter or a simple flour-and-water mix, make sure it’s not too thick. A thinner batter tends to stick better and crisps up nicely.
Double Dip for Extra Crunch: For an extra-thick coating, let the first layer of batter set for a few minutes, then dip again.
Fry Immediately: Once coated, fry the jalapeños immediately. This ensures the batter doesn’t get soggy and falls off.

How Do You Get the Bite Out of Jalapeños?

Love jalapeños but not too keen on the heat? Reducing the spiciness is easier than you think. Here’s how to tame those fiery peppers:
Remove Seeds and Membranes: Most of the heat in jalapeños resides in the seeds and white membranes. Carefully slice the jalapeños in half and scrape out these parts.
Blanch the Peppers: Briefly blanching jalapeños in boiling water can reduce their spiciness. Just a few minutes should do the trick.
Soak in Sweet Solution: Soaking sliced jalapeños in a mixture of sugar and water can also help. The sweetness counteracts the heat.
Cook Them: Cooking jalapeños can mellow out the heat. Whether you’re grilling, sautéing, or baking them, a bit of heat can make them more palatable.

What is Jalapeño Popper Dip Made Of?

Jalapeño popper dip is a creamy, cheesy delight, perfect for those who love a bit of spice. Here’s a basic recipe:
Cream Cheese: The base of the dip, providing a creamy texture.
Mayonnaise and Sour Cream: For added creaminess and a tangy flavor.
Chopped Jalapeños: Fresh or canned, depending on your preference for spice.
Shredded Cheese: Cheddar or a mix of Monterey Jack and cheddar works great.
Seasonings: Garlic powder, onion powder, and a touch of salt.
Topping: A mix of breadcrumbs and melted butter for that perfect crunchy topping.
Bake to Perfection: Combine all ingredients (except the topping), spread in a baking dish, sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture, and bake until bubbly and golden.

This jalapeño popper dip is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for gatherings or a cozy night in. Serve it with tortilla chips, crackers, or veggies for a delicious treat.

Remember, when working with jalapeños, it’s advisable to wear gloves to protect your skin from the spicy oils. Enjoy your culinary adventures with these spicy, flavorful peppers! 🌶️👩‍🍳🔥

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Jalapeno Popper Bites

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ingredients

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For the Filling:

  1. 1 cup (113 g) freshly shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  3. 3 medium jalapeños, seeds removed and finely chopped
  4. 6 slices of crispy bacon, crumbled
  5. 1 teaspoon minced garlic

For the Flour Coating:

  1. ½ cup (62.5 g) all-purpose flour
  2. ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  3. ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Egg Wash:

  1. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  2. 2 teaspoons water

For the Breadcrumb Coating:

  1. 1 cup (108 g) plain breadcrumbs
  2. ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  3. ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

For Frying:

  1. Vegetable or canola oil

Instructions

  1. Preparing the Filling:
    • In a large mixing bowl, blend together the Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese, diced jalapeños, crumbled bacon, and minced garlic.
    • Scoop approximately 1 tablespoon of this mixture and roll it into a firm ball. Place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat this process with the remaining mixture.
    • Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes to chill the cheese balls.
  2. Setting Up for Assembly:
    • Arrange three broad, deep plates.
    • On the first plate, mix the all-purpose flour with kosher salt and black pepper.
    • On the second plate, beat together the eggs and water.
    • On the third plate, combine the breadcrumbs, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Coating the Cheese Balls:
    • Roll each cheese ball first in the flour mixture, then dip into the egg wash, and finally coat well with the breadcrumb mixture. Ensure each cheese ball is thoroughly coated at each stage. Continue this process with all the cheese balls.
  4. Frying the Cheese Balls:
    • Heat about ¼ inch of oil in a large skillet over medium heat (the oil should be around 350°F).
    • Fry the cheese balls in batches until they turn golden brown on all sides, which should take about 3 minutes.
    • Remove the cheese balls and place them on paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  5. Serving:
    • Serve these delicious cheese ball bites hot and enjoy!

Notes

CHILL: 30 Mins

  • Author: Valerie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes

Keywords: onterey Jack cheese, cream cheese, jalapeños, bacon, garlic, all-purpose flour, kosher salt, black pepper, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cheese ball recipe, frying, appetizer, snack, party food, savory bites

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