Pepper Jack Bites

Pepper jack bitesI usually make these with sharp cheddar cheese. But I felt like spicing it up a little. Let’s make pepper jack bites! These are very much like the appetizer version of pizza. And I’m going to give you two options: you can bake or fry. It’s up to you. How to make pepper jack bitesPepper Jack Bites

1 (or 2) large block(s) of pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
marinara sauce for serving

First, cut up the pepper jack cheese into bite-sized cubes.How to make pepper jack bites Fill two shallow bowls, one with the flour and one with the panko + oregano. Fill a small bowl with the eggs, and whisk to combine. Dip each cube of cheese in the flour, then the egg, and then the bread crumbs. Try to fully coat each cube as you work. Place the finished cubes on a baking sheet or clean plate.

Once you have coated all the cubes, pop them in the freezer for 5-8 minutes.Fried pepper jack bitesThese are the fried version. Fill a heavy-duty pot with 2-3 inches of oil (canola or vegetable works well). Heat to around 350°F. Fry each cube for about 20-30 seconds, just until golden brown and crispy- looking. Then remove to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil. I like to work with metal tongs when frying, as they make it easier to move food but keep my arms away from the hot oil.Baked pepper jack bitesHere you can see the baked version. These may not be quite as cosmetically beautiful, but they are still very crispy and tasty. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Pop these in the oven (be sure your baking sheet is lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat) for 8-10 minutes, just until they begin to melt.Pepper jack bites Serve with warm marinara sauce and watch these disappear at your next get-together. 🙂 Enjoy! xo. Emma

Pepper Jack Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 large block(s) of pepper jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano flakes
  • marinara sauce for serving

Instructions

  1. First, cut up the pepper jack cheese into bite-sized cubes.
  2. Fill two shallow bowls, one with the flour and one with the panko + oregano. Fill a small bowl with the eggs, and whisk to combine. Dip each cube of cheese in the flour, then the egg, and then the bread crumbs. Try to fully coat each cube as you work. Place the finished cubes on a baking sheet or clean plate.
  3. Once you have coated all the cubes, pop them in the freezer for 5-8 minutes.
  4. These are the fried version. Fill a heavy-duty pot with 2-3 inches of oil (canola or vegetable works well). Heat to around 350°F. Fry each cube for about 20-30 seconds, just until golden brown and crispy- looking. Then remove to a plate lined with paper towels to soak up excess oil. I like to work with metal tongs when frying, as they make it easier to move food but keep my arms away from the hot oil.

Recipe Notes

If you want a baked version instead-Preheat your oven to 350°F. Pop these in the oven (be sure your baking sheet is lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat) for 8-10 minutes, just until they begin to melt.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman

  • Ummm…I bow down. Why haven’t I thought of this?! I love pepper jack cheese. You are all brilliant!!
    I recently discovered that the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has a Pepper Jack Cheese Croissant….if you get it warmed up a bit, it is to die for!!

    Thanks for posting this…it’ll be perfect for a party!

  • This sounds yummy. Might have to try it with the habernero cheese that I just bought.

  • Awesome – can’t wait to make these this weekend!

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  • Anything with melted cheese and im in! mmmm melted cheese….

    Georgina x http://bakeitblonde.blogspot.co.uk/

  • these sound incredible! pepper jack is my fave!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • These look and sound amazing! I think I’ll be trying the baked version with sharp cheddar this week!

  • OH WOW! Like cheesy delicious taterless tots. OH YUM! I can’t wait to try these!

  • Oh my God, oh my God! Chili cheese tops have been my absolute no contest favorite snack since forever and I can only imagine that they must be even better homemade! 😀

  • Looks so yummy! I will definitely try it out. Thanks for this lovely recipe

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  • I’m starving now! Will try the baked version!

    Sophie x

    http://your-girl-is-lovely.blogspot.co.uk

  • I’m already drooling over the cheese in that second photo, I love cheese! These bites would be a good idea at parties/picnics 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    x Michelle
    http://michalogy.wordpress.com/

  • These look incredible! I know people in my family would love, so I will have to give them a whirl!

    Molly x

  • Well these look delicious! And they look easy to make! YUM! A great appetizer to have at parties! Thanks for sharing this!!

    Iquo

    www.keaishop.com
    www.iquoismusic.com

  • These look so simple to make and yet so delicious to eat. I cant wait to try and make these!

  • Oh my goodness I need these in my belly now!! They look amazing!!

  • I love cheese. I’m from Wisconsin:) but seriously, I am going to try the baked version for sure!

  • Oh goodness, my husband would love these! Definitely pinning this one!
    Angela 🙂
    www.acharlescoach.com/blog

  • Ohhhhhhh my! These look so delicious!

    I have no idea what ‘pepper jack’ cheese is but I’m sure it’s tasty! I’d definitely go for the fried option!

    – Taryn Elise xx
    blog.sugarpushcakes.com

  • Yummmm….I love pepper-jack cheese and will have to try these out! Thanks for sharing!

    Meghan xo

  • Super yuuum!
    Would like to try this asap… But, here it’s almost 12pm… how can I?!!
    xx

    http://9lla.it/
    A fashion & DIY blog…

  • these look soso tasty! definitely going to try making them this weekend

    xx Milly

    www.lovemilly.blogspot.ca

  • Oh my goodness, these sound like such a treat! Nothing compares to melted cheese, especially when there’s a bit of spiciness in there.

  • These look amazing! Definitely going to try the fried version. Everythings better fried 🙂

  • Now my month waters 🙂 I will try this recipe as soon as I can!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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