Fried Jalapeno Popper Bites


  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

    Flour Mixture

    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    Egg Mixture

    • 2 large eggs
    • 2 to 3 teaspoons water

    Bread Crumb Mixture

    • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
    • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Remaining Ingredients

    • Vegetable oil for frying
    • Ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping


    • In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, cheddar cheese, jalapenos, bacon, hot sauce and garlic powder.
    • Shape mixture into balls slightly large than 1-inch. (You should get about 16.)Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
    • In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, paprika, and cayenne. Set aside.
    • In a second bowl, whisk together eggs and water. Set aside.
    • In a pie plate, combine bread crumbs, Panko crumbs, and salt.
    • Pour about 1 inch of oil into a Dutch oven. Heat to 350 degrees.
    • While the oil heats, dip the balls in flour, coat in egg mixture and then coat in bread crumb mixture. If oil is not ready, place them in the refrigerator.
    • Fry in 2 to 3 batches for about 2 minutes or until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and place on a paper towel-lined plate.
    • Serve warm with dressing for dipping.

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