Chili Cheese Snacks

There is absolutely nothing better than homemade chili cheese snacks! We make them so often that Chris has made some tools especially for chili cheese (you can see the on the pictures below).

The chili cheese idea came after a sunday trip to McDonalds a few years ago, where we bought chili cheese tops. They tasted great but there were a few problems linked to the concept: 1) we don’t really know what they are made from, 2) they were cold before we were home and ready to eat, 3) they are quite greasy, and last but not least 4) they are way too expensive!

For those four reasons, we decided to make our own version with different kinds of cheese filling. They are one the most popular snacks (together with beef jerky and fried green tomatoes) when we invite friends and family over for a great BBQ Party.

We have tried several different cheese variation and most of them are fabulous (try and use blue cheese instead of cheddar cheese – especially if you are serving spicy chicken wings :-)). Feta cheese, gruyere or cream cheese with herbs are great alternatives too, so just choose your favorite cheese.

We hope that you will enjoy them as much as we do 🙂

 

Ingredients (20 snacks)

20 jalapeños

1/2 pound cream cheese

1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded

1/2 cup aged cheddar cheese, shredded

10 bacon slices

Pepper

 

Begin your chili cheese adventure by removing the seeds and stems from all the jalapeños. We use a homemade tool like shown on the picture below, but you can just use a small knife. Make sure that all the seeds are gone, so they don’t get to hot 🙂

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Place cream cheese and whisk until it gets a bit more fluffy and then add the shredded cheddar cheese. stir until evenly combined. Taste and season with grounded pepper if necessary. Place the cheese mix in a piping back and fill it into all the cleaned chilies.

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Cut the bacon slices into halves and wrap them around the cheese filled chilies. Make a rack out of tin foil, so the chilies don’t fall over and all the cheese disappears down into the smoker/grill – that would really be a shame! One again, the tool you can see on the picture is homemade, and says a lot about us – we make MANY chili cheese snacks 😀

Place the rack with the stuffed and wrapped chilies in your smoker/grill and put the lid on. Smoke/grill at about 230F for about an hour or until the bacon gets crisp.

Serve as appetizers at your next garden party or just as a good weekend snack with an ice-cold beer – but be fast, they’ll be gone before you know it – which is why we don’t have picture of the finished ones (yet) 😀

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (20 snacks)

20 jalapeños

450 g cream cheese

1.25 dl mild cheddar cheese, shredded

1.25 dl aged cheddar cheese, shredded

10 bacon slices

Pepper

 

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