By Kelly Bogard
Have you ever heard of a “friend of” recipe? It’s a recipe that you got from a friend, who got it from one of their friends, who most likely got it from one of their friends. Well, if you haven’t ever gotten a recipe like that, then let this be your first. Jalapeno Bites is a recipe that I got from my mom, who got it from one of her friends in Marble Falls, and I am sure she got it from one of her friends, too. These creamy spicy bites are perfect for parties and afternoon snacks.
I would normally call these Jalapeno Poppers, but when it was suggested as a recipe for this week, my idea of a popper and another’s idea of a popper were completely different. To be honest, I’m not much on jalapenos. I love them in food but not necessarily by themselves, so I had no idea that I was confusing the two. Most people think of stuffed, bacon-wrapped, deep fried or grilled jalapenos as poppers. And since there is no need to fire up the fryer with this version, I thought I’d just change the name.
Go ahead and get started by draining the juice off the peppers and browning your sausage until no longer pink. Drain any excess grease and set aside to cool.
Now, in a larger bowl combine the warm sausage and softened cream cheese. This mixture is so good, I’ve been known to forgo the jalapenos and just spread it on crackers.
Mix the two ingredients together until you have one large ball of creamy goodness. Sometimes this can be a long process, depending on the temperature of your cream cheese. I suggest either setting it out at least an hour in advance or be prepared to use your muscles.
Once everything is combined, spoon the mixture into your jalapeno halves and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. These bite-sized treats can be served as is or, for a warm version, microwave on high for up to 20 seconds.
Keep cool the rest of the summer in the air conditioning, and let this spicy bite be the warmest thing you have to deal with. From all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!
Recipe: Jalapeno Bites
Summary: Cool and spicy snack for a hot summer afternoon
Cooking time (duration): 10 minutes
Number of servings (yield): 10-12
Note: For a warm snack, heat in the microwave for up to 20 seconds on high.