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Cheesy Challah Jalapeño Bites

Yields24 ServingsPrep Time2 hrs 20 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time2 hrs 50 mins

Serve these cheesy jalepeño bites as a side dish to soup like tomato or minestrone, or just on their own. They're that good!

Cheesy Challah Jalapeño Bites

 ½ cup warm water
 1 tsp active yeast
 ½ cup bread flour
 1 tsp kosher salt
 ¼ cup Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil
 3 tbsp honey
 2 eggs
 1 egg yolk
 2 cups bread flour
 2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
Frying and Filling
 1 egg yolk, beaten
 2 lbs cheddar cheese, cut into 1 inch cubes and frozen
 2 cups Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil

In the bowl of a stand mixer, stir together water, yeast, flour, and salt.


Cover and let sit until foamy, about 20 minutes.


Using the hough hook on low speed, add evoo, honey, eggs, egg yolk, flour, and jalapeños. Dough should be soft but not sticky.


Cover bowl with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for 1 hour in the refrigerator.


Roll rested dough into a rectangle. Using a cookie cutter or glass jar, cut 2-inch rounds.


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.


Brush rounds with beaten egg yolk, and place frozen cheese cubes in the center. Draw up the sides and pinch to seal. Roll using the palm of your hand to found out. Transfer croutons to prepared sheet pan. Allow to rise for 1 hour.


Pour EVOO into a heavy duty pan, fitted with a deep fry thermometer, and place over medium-high heat. Once oil reaches 350˚F, fry croutons, a few at a time, for 3-5 minutes, until puffed and golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 24