Jalapeno, Bacon, Cheese…Oh My!
These little pockets of goodness ooze with a spicy bacon cream cheese filling and will be the next hit around your table. These Jalapeno Bacon Bites are low carb, gluten-free, and fall nicely into the Trim Healthy Mama “S” category.
Some of my fan favorite recipes here on My Table of Three have been my appetizers made using my version of the low-carb “cheese dough” that originated from the Fat Head Pizza Crust you can find here.
Since I found that pizza dough all those years ago, it has been one of the greatest things on my low-carb, gluten-free journey.
Who would have thought that dough, made out of cheese, almond flour, and an egg, could open up so many doors for recipes that used to be so full of carbs, right?
It truly is a great idea come to life and I have used it for so many recipes including these Jalapeno Bacon Bites that I’m sharing today!
All about the Fillings!
With such an amazing dough there really wouldn’t be a wrong choice for your fillings n my opinion. I guess that is why I’ve enjoyed creating so many recipes from this dough including this latest spicy appetizer!
The filing for my Jalapeno Bacon Bites has only four simple ingredients but don’t let that fool you. These ingredients are far from simple in flavor and they pack a huge punch when paired together.
They are yet another easy recipe that will impress even those people who don’t eat low carb or Trim Healthy Mama around your table!
Here’s what You’ll Need:
-1 batch of My Cheese Dough
-6 oz of cream cheese, softened
-10 oz real bacon bits
-4 oz diced jalapeno
-2/3 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
These have already become a highly requested snack in our home, and I’ve had several friends order batches from me to enjoy for themselves. So of course, I knew I needed to share them here too with you guys too.
Not a Spicy Fan? No Problem!
If you are not a fan of spices then the jalapeno in this recipe can be replaced in this recipe by using mild green chilis. You’ll still have an amazing flavor without all the heat from the peppers.
You can find both types of peppers next to one another on the grocery aisle that normally has taco supplies.
Once the filling is complete it is as simple as getting your dough made and ready to fill. I choose to change the shape up a little for this recipe by cutting my dough into 2×2 squares after I rolled it out.
Then I put about a tsp or so of filling and folded it over. By using a fork to crimp the edges prevents the filling from coming out as they bake.
This process took me a little more time than I wanted to spend on it, so the last few times I have made them I actually made them in the pinwheel style like I do my Sausage Cream Cheese Pinwheels.
It was actually a lot easier, so if you want to make this Jalapeno Bacon Bites a little less time-consuming then I would use the pinwheel method.
You also get more pinwheels out of the recipe than you will if you make them in these little cute packages because you will not have to have the extra dough that is needing for folding them over.
Flavorful little pockets of a flavorful Jalapeno Bacon filling. Yummy and super easy. They make a great low-carb appetizer or snack.
- 1 Batch of My Cheese Dough*
- 6 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- 10 ounces of real bacon crumbles
- 4 ounces of diced Jalapenos or Green Chilies
- 2/3 cup shredded pepper jack cheese or cheddar
- Add all the ingredients for the filling into a large bowl and mix well.
- Set the filling aside to prepare the cheese dough. You can find a link to my Cheese Dough recipe above in the blog post. I have included a video within that dough post that will show you tips on how to get the perfect dough texture.
- Once the dough is ready roll it out between two pieces of parchment paper until it is about 1/4 inch thick. I try to get my dough as close to a 12 x 12 square as I can, but it does not need to be perfect so don't stress if it is not that large. You don't want it to be too thin or the dough will tear.
- At this stage, you can choose to cut nice 2 x 2 squares out of the dough for the cute little "mini pie' shapes or continue the recipe as a "pinwheel".
- For the mini pie shapes take each square and fill with 1 to 2 tsp of filling gently folding one side of dough over the filling.
- Next crimp all the sides with a fork to seal in the filling. Place the little Jalapeno Bites onto a greased baking sheets to bake.
- For a less labor-intensive recipe, I suggest making these as pinwheels. This saves time, effort, and it tends to result in more servings.
- For the pinwheels simply roll out the dough as suggested above, spread the filling evenly all over the top.
- Next, tightly roll the dough up over the filling just as you would cinnamon rolls.
- When you have rolled the pinwheels up let them chill in the freezer for at least an hour before slicing and baking. This will make them much easier to cut.
- The baking time and temperature for both options are the same. Bake them at 375 for about 20-22 minutes on the top rack. They will be nice and golden brown when ready.
- Cooking times may vary by oven so just watch them closely starting at 18 minutes.
I am a southern girl through and through that loves to laugh, cook, read and spend time with family. My passions outside of home schooling my son are ministering to those in need and creating art in the kitchen! Every day is an adventure in our little house and I wouldn’t trade it or the chance to share here with you for anything!