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RITZ Jalapeño Popper Bites

RITZ Jalapeño Popper Bites

For a fun addition to any party, try these deep fried cheese and jalapeño bites. They're easy to make in an air fryer or deep fryer, and can even be made ahead.

Prep time60 min
Total time1hr 20min
ServingsMakes 10 servings, 3 poppers each.
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large jalapeño peppers, finely chopped 
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 28 RITZ Crackers, crushed
  • Oil, for frying
  • Mix cream cheese, shredded cheeses, peppers and garlic powder until blended; roll into 30 (1-1/4-inch) balls. Place on parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet. 
  • Freeze 20 min. or until firm enough to easily handle.
  • Beat egg in shallow dish until blended. Place flour in separate shallow dish, then place cracker crumbs in third dish.
  • Dip cheese balls, one at a time, in flour, turning to evenly coat each ball with flour.  Shake cheese ball gently to remove excess flour, then dip cheese balls in eggs, then cracker crumbs, turning to evenly coat each cheese ball with each ingredient. Gently press crumbs into cheese balls to secure.  Refrigerate until ready to cook. 
  • Heat oil in deep fryer to 350°F. Add cheese balls, in small batches, to hot oil; cook 1 min. or until golden brown. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Cool slightly.
Recipe Tips
  • Use Your Air Fryer
    Heat air fryer to 325°F. Spray crumb-coated cheese balls with cooking spray if desired.  Place, in batches, in single layer in air fryer basket, leaving spaces between cheese balls.  Cook 3 to 5 min. or until cheese balls are crisp and golden brown.   Place on paper towel-covered cooling rack; cool slightly. 
  • Make Ahead
    These fun-to-eat cheese poppers can be partially prepped ahead of time. Coat cheese balls with ingredients as directed. Place in single layer on baking sheet.  Freeze 1 hour, then transfer cheese balls to freezer-weight resealable plastic bag. Freeze up to 1 week.  Refrigerate frozen cheese balls overnight to thaw before cooking as directed. Note: If cooking the cheese balls in an air fryer, no need to thaw them before cooking. 
  • Variation
    Prepare using Neufchatel cheese and/or shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese. 


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 22g 
   Saturated fat 10g 
   Trans fat 0.5g 
Cholesterol 60mg 
Sodium 290mg 
Carbohydrate 8g 
   Dietary fiber 0g 
   Total sugars 2g 
   Added sugars <1g 
Protein 8g 
Vitamin A10 %DV
Vitamin C2 %DV
Vitamin D0 %DV
Calcium15 %DV
Iron2 %DV
Potassium2 %DV

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