Jalapeño Cornbread Cheddar Bites

Have you guys noticed anything different and/or crazy up in here lately?

I’ve been blogging every single day! For 4 whole days now!

I know, right? I’m, like, super motivated and un-lazy this week. It’s so weird. Also, I set a goal to blog five days a week from here on out.

Let’s all play a fun little game and guess how long it will take me to fail!

So, anyway, hi! Nice to see you again! I hope you like me, because I’m planning on blowing up your feed reader or inbox (you are subscribed, right?) every Monday through Friday.

Let’s talk about food now, mkay?

I made corn dogs the other day and they were divine. While I had my oil all hot and, uh, oily I decided to fry some cheese bites, too. I totally cheated and just used the same batter from the corn dogs, but I mixed in some finely diced jalapeño. The jalapeño didn’t make things all that spicy because I left out the seeds, but if you like to live dangerously, go ahead and toss some seeds in.

These were gooey and cheesy and pretty much pure comfort food. They’d be fabulous dipped in ranch dressing, but I was all out and too lazy to make my own.

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Jalapeno Cornbread Cheddar Bites


1 cup flour, divided
2 tablespoons cornmeal
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced (add more or less to your taste)
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese
Vegetable or canola oil, for frying


Heat the oil in a deep skillet to 350 degrees over medium heat.
Add 1/2 cup of the flour to a shallow baking dish or pie plate for dredging the cheese.
Add the remaining flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, jalapeno, and milk to a mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
Slice 1/4 inch thick strips off the block of cheese. You should end up with around 8-12 slices of cheese.
Dredge each cheese slice in the flour and then dip into the cornbread batter and coat.
Drop into the hot oil and fry 1 minute per side or until golden brown. If the cheese bursts through the crust, reduce the frying time.



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25 Responses to “Jalapeño Cornbread Cheddar Bites”

  1. melissa@IWasBornToCook June 20, 2012 @ 5:23 am (#

    These are so up my alley!


  2. shelly (cookies and cups) June 20, 2012 @ 5:57 am (#

    Look at you all bloggery. 5 days a week, huh?
    But, if you are going to continue to make deep fried treats, I agree with this 5 day-deal. Yes I do.


  3. Cookbook Queen June 20, 2012 @ 7:20 am (#

    FIVE DAYS A WEEK!?!?!?! Holy cow, that is motivation.

    Love these cheesey bites, I think the baby would love them too.


  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 20, 2012 @ 8:11 am (#

    My favorite party is the oozy cheese omg


  5. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel June 20, 2012 @ 9:27 am (#

    I’m fully supporting your five-day bloggery as long as you post more deliciousness like this. I’m pretty sure I’ll accrue third-degree burns from stuffing my face full of these piping hot bundles of cheesy love… but I don’t care.


  6. Pat June 20, 2012 @ 10:16 am (#

    Just wanted to know .. What’s a tablespoon cup? .. Did u just mean tablespoon?, cup? Or am I just that bad at cooking that i don’t know the lingo ?


    • Karly replied: — June 20th, 2012 @ 12:34 pm


      A tablespoon cup is a very technical food blogger measurement that I couldn’t possibly explain to you. Way too complicated. 😉

      I just meant tablespoon. Sorry about that!


  7. Michelle P. June 20, 2012 @ 10:45 am (#

    Gosh these look so good. There is no jalapeno in your recipe….how much and where do I add it?


    • Karly replied: — June 20th, 2012 @ 12:35 pm

      @Michelle P.,

      Clearly my new goal of blogging ALL OF THE TIME is taking it’s toll already. Just updated the recipe! Thanks for pointing that out. :)


  8. sally @ sallys baking addiction June 20, 2012 @ 3:23 pm (#

    I loooooooooove all of your recipes this week Karly! You and I both love bite-sized treats don’t we? Oh and deep fried, too. These look awesome. My boyfriend would probably propose if I made these for him ha!


  9. Cookin' Canuck June 20, 2012 @ 4:02 pm (#

    Those are little bites of cheesey goodness! I know my kids would go crazy for them.


  10. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl June 20, 2012 @ 5:00 pm (#

    These look seriously amazing. Jalepenos and cheese are like my favorite combo EVAH.


  11. Julia {The Roasted Root} June 20, 2012 @ 5:11 pm (#

    Oh man oh man! These look perfect to eat with a burger…well, with anything really! Yum all over these! Yum!


  12. valerie June 20, 2012 @ 5:30 pm (#

    These look amazingly delicious.


  13. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau June 21, 2012 @ 6:06 am (#

    Super crunchy, super cheesy, and fried. I’m in love!


  14. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings June 21, 2012 @ 6:54 am (#

    These look great! I made something similar and they were wonderful! Can’t wait to try these…and use my fryer :)


  15. Riley June 21, 2012 @ 4:35 pm (#

    Jalapeño can only make cornbread better! These look delicious.


  16. what katie's baking June 21, 2012 @ 8:41 pm (#

    i love all of the bite sized treats you make!!! yum!


  17. Joanne June 21, 2012 @ 8:59 pm (#

    You know, I thought my week was feeling a whole lot happier…now I know it was thanks to your daily posts! WIN.

    I didn’t think that anything could top jalapeno poppers…but these babies can.


  18. Javelin Warrior June 21, 2012 @ 10:18 pm (#

    On Fridays, I share my favorite food finds in a series called Food Fetish Friday – and I love this post so I’m featuring it as part of the roundup (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I look forward to seeing what you create next…


  19. Kim Stebbins June 23, 2012 @ 8:43 pm (#

    Love your writing style! You make me laugh and I like your recipes too. I adore jalepenos and today I seeded and chopped 3 of them for peach salsa. That was 5 hours ago and my hands are still on fire! That has never happened before. Not only are my hands on fire, they are blistered and the skin on my palms is peeling! I have tried every remedy ( from olive oil to bleach!) I could find on line– non worked. I finally read, ” There is no remedy. Use gloves next time.” I am offering thi advice advice to anyone who is considering seeding and chopping jalapeños. You never know when those jalapeños will do you in!


  20. JulieD June 24, 2012 @ 11:04 pm (#

    Wow, these look amazing!!


  21. April July 4, 2012 @ 7:21 pm (#

    Oh…My…Word…Do these look fantastic! I am totally going to have to break my “no cooking with oil in my own kitchen” rule just for these….or maybe I will con my in laws into making these this weekend. SCORE! By the way. Um. 5 days a week? Youza!! Good luck.


  22. Kelly October 23, 2013 @ 8:50 pm (#

    Made these the other night and we were all DYING. My husband told me about 5 times how much he loved them. I liked them dipped in ranch, but all of the men liked them just plain and straight out of the fryer. Seriously great recipe. It worked perfectly. Love your blog! Keep up the good work.



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