Jalapeño popper bites
When I was in my 20’s I was a junk food junkie. I lived off of fast food and late night food delivery. One of my favorite things to do was order 3 appetizers and then eat it all… That’s like one dinner right? three apps? A little pizza shop made the best deep fried jalapeño poppers and I have been missing that flavor lately. These crispy little popper bites hit the spot!
2 oz. goat cheese
2 oz. cream cheese
2 oz. shredded cheddar (optional)
1/4 c. to 1/2 c. chopped roasted jalapeños (Can sub canned green chilis)
3 - 4 strips of precooked bacon (chopped)
1 egg - Scrambled
1 cup pork rind breadcrumbs
Quick and Dirty!
Combine room temperature goat cheese and cream cheese together with a hand mixer or stand mixer
Add shredded cheese, fold in.
Fold in chopped bacon and chopped Jalapeños.
Spoon 1 Tbs. servings onto a plate to chill
After chilling for at least 30 minutes, roll each ball in the pork rind crumbs and place in freezer
Freeze for 30 minutes then coat each ball in egg and then more pork crumbs
Freeze for one hour (minimum)
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes
Serve with Ranch! :)
Ok, here’s the wordy version with all the little tips and tricks and whatnot. Start with room temperature plain goat cheese and cream cheese. I use a combination of the two because using only the cream cheese didn’t work out, the little bites didn’t hold their shape while baking.
For the Jalapeños, I fire roasted them, pulled all the charred skin off and then cleaned them and chopped them. If this sounds like way more work than is up your alley, I don’t blame you, you can buy canned chopped roasted jalapeños or, in a pinch, try a can of green chilis. The flavor won’t be the same but will still be delicious. I will add a little paragraph all the way at the bottom of this page about how to roast your own jalapeños.
I added shredded cheese to mine hoping for a beautiful string or cheese pull when I cut the bites open, that didn’t happen. I wrote (optional) next to the shredded cheese because I’m not sure they need it :)
After portioning out the mixture, chill it. I know there seems to be a lot of “do something, chill, do something else, chill”, steps in the process but they are all necessary. Chilling the mixture before you roll them into balls is really helpful. These bites would be a great treat to make up ahead of time and just keep in the freezer. I do this with my fried goat cheese balls as well! Since they need to go right from the freezer into the oven anyways, I keep some ready to go at all times.
Do not skip the 2nd pork rind breadcrumb coating. I tried. I got crispy bacon goat cheese popper dip. Rolling the bites in egg and then another coating of the crumbs forms a bit of a shell around the balls. It allows them to hold their shape while cooking. It really does make an enormous difference! I usually use this brand. You can totally make your own pork rind breadcrumbs by pulsing unflavored pork rinds in a food processor. Or blender! Or ziplock and rage. Up to you.
Nutrition Information: I got 15 bites out of this batch. The information provided below was calculated based on the nutrition information of my own brands. Your values may be slightly different. Information below is for one bite.
Calories = 55
Fat = 4.5g
Carbs = .3g
Protein = 3.7g
Here is a great little video on how to roast your own Jalapeño peppers :)
Click here and forward to the 1 minute mark.