Appetizers, Gameday Appetizers

Jalapeno Popper Bites & Cheese Balls

Get ready to elevate your snacking experience with a recipe that’s a crowd-pleaser, a game-changer, and a flavor explosion all rolled into one. Jalapeno Popper Bites and Cheese Balls are the perfect blend of creamy, spicy, and crispy, making them a versatile and satisfying snack for any event or gathering.

Jalapeno Popper Bites Ingredients

Ingredients

Before you dive into the preparation, let’s go over the ingredients you’ll need for this tantalizing treat. The full list is provided in the description box below, but here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll be using:

  • Panko Breadcrumbs
  • shredded Cheddar Cheese, plus more for topping
  • large Eggs
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray
  • Cream Cheese
  • Bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Jalapeños, seeded, diced, plus 24 slices for topping

Jalapeno Cheese Balls Ingredients

  • Cream Cheese, softened
  • Mayonnaise
  • minced fresh Chives
  • Jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
  • slices of Bacon
  • Sharp Cheddar, shredded
  • medium Red Onion, thinly minced
  • Black Pepper
  • Cayenne Pepper

Creating the Jalapeno Popper Bites

Preheat Your Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Make sure it’s nice and toasty for what’s to come.

Bacon Prep: Begin by crisping up your bacon in a pan. Remember to save that flavorful bacon grease; it’s going to take your recipe to the next level.

Mix Your Cheese: In a large bowl, combine shredded cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper. This mixture will form the base for your popper bites.

You’re looking for a slightly paste-like consistency that holds together when rolled into a ball.

Prep Your Pans: Grease your muffin tins (mini ones if you’re making bites, regular if you prefer larger servings). A little tip – wipe off any excess grease to keep your pans looking clean.

Create the Cups: Form the cheese mixture into balls and press them into your muffin tins, use your thumb to press the breadcrumb mixture into the muffin tins creating cups. This step helps the mixture keep its shape while baking.

Bake the Cups: Pop your cheese-filled cups into the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. This will give them a beautiful golden-brown appearance.

Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling: Mix together cream cheese, cooked and chopped bacon, and diced jalapenos. Adjust the jalapeno amount according to your heat tolerance.

Fill the Cups: Once your cups have cooled slightly, fill each one with the cream cheese mixture, creating a flavorful pop of heat and creaminess. Put it back into the oven for 10-15 minutes then take it out to cool.

Serve and Enjoy: Top your jalapeno popper bites with a slice of jalapeno for an extra kick, and you’re ready to enjoy this scrumptious treat.

Creating the Jalapeno Cheese Balls

Mix the Cream Cheese: Start by finely dicing your jalapenos. Remember, the more seeds you include, the spicier it’ll be. So, adjust according to your preference. In a large mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the mayonnaise until it reaches a creamy consistency.

Add Flavor: Stir in the chives, jalapenos, finely minced red onion, bacon (crumbled, save some for the last step), shredded cheddar cheese, black pepper, and a touch of cayenne pepper. This mixture is where the magic happens, creating a spicy, savory, and creamy concoction.

Shape and Chill: Roll the mixture into small balls, and place them in the refrigerator for about an hour to set.

Serve and Enjoy! : Roll the small balls around in the leftover crumbled bacon, and place them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to set, then take out and Enjoy!

These Jalapeno Popper Bites and Cheese Balls are perfect for gatherings, parties, or simply when you want to treat yourself to a delightful burst of flavor. Just be prepared; they tend to disappear fast, so make plenty!

So, what are you waiting for? Get your ingredients ready and start whipping up these irresistible bites that will have everyone coming back for more. Whether it’s game day or a casual get-together, these appetizers will be the star of the show. Enjoy!

Recipe Card

Jalapeno Popper Bites and Cheese Balls

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 mins Total Time 30 mins Difficulty: Beginner Servings: 12

Ingredients

Jalapeno Popper Bites

Jalapeno Cheese Balls

Instructions

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Jalapeno Cheese Bites

  1. In a large bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheddar cheese, eggs, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

  2. Grease a 24-cup mini muffin tin with nonstick spray and fill each cup with a heaping tablespoon of the bread crumb mixture. Press into the pan firmly to form wells. Set aside

  3. In another large bowl, combine the cream cheese, bacon, diced jalapeños, salt and pepper

  4. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)

  5. Fill the bread crumb wells with a 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture. Top each cup with a bit of shredded cheddar and a jalapeño slice

  6. Bake for 10 minutes, or until the cups are golden brown. Enjoy!

Jalapeno Cheese Balls

  1. To make the bacon jalapeño popper cheese balls: In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, mayo, cheddar, jalapeño, 1/2 cup bacon, red onion, black pepper, and Cayenne. Mix well until fluffy. Set aside

  2. On a shallow plate, transfer the remaining 1 cup of crumbled bacon, then using a cookie scoop, scoop out one ball of cheese filling and toss it into the bacon crumbles. Continue until all cheese balls have been rolled in the bacon coating

  3. Refrigerate the bacon jalapeño popper cheese balls until ready to serve. Enjoy!

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