Creating a baked jalapeño popper that has a crisp and crunchy exterior and a creamy melted-cheese filling isn't an easy project, but this recipe delivers it all.
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After trying some of the highest-rated jalapeño popper recipes online with disastrous results, we set to work developing a method that won't let you down. These poppers have a crisp golden crust and soft melted cheese interior—all in the perfect bite-size package.
Breaded, melty cheese is something that crosses cultures—from deep-fried mozzarella sticks at state fairs to queso frito in Latin America. Inspired by those foods, we've taken squares of cheese are breaded and "fried" them in the waffle iron for just a minute, until their outsides gturnet golden brown and crunchy and their insides become perfectly melted and gooey.
Cheese smørrebrød (Danish open-faced sandwich) are eaten to conclude a meal. This version with tangy blue cheese, mellow pear, and toasted hazelnuts is sweet without being cloying.
Creamy, sweet, fruity, and spicy, this cornbread cheese gets a big transformation from the simple addition of chopped fresh jalapeños and pepper jack cheese.
Some folks take their apple pie with ice cream. Others demand a sharp cheese, like cheddar. How do you make everyone happy? With this ultra-sharp, ultra-cheesy cheddar ice cream.
Prune's brunch is known as being one of the best in the city, and is worth the two hour wait, even on a chilly, hungover morning. One of the big draws is the Monte Cristo, an outrageous, deep-fried, French-toast/ ham-and-cheese hybrid. Gabrielle Hamilton shares the recipe in her new cookbook, Prune. She builds the triple-decker sandwich on white bread with loads of butter, French ham, Swiss Cheese, and roasted turkey. This gets soaked briefly in eggs and milk and griddled in clarified butter. And THEN deep-fried.
Queso fresco is a delicious, milky, fresh cheese that is a breeze to make. It doesn't melt, so it's a great cheese for grilling in cubes or slices, and is awesome crumbled over soups or salads.
Recently, I posted about a kale gratin made with an obscene three cups of heavy cream. Well, gratin, this mac 'n' cheese from Marcus Samuelsson's new cookbook, Marcus Off Duty, will see you those three cups of cream and raise you coconut milk, bacon, crème fraîche, a stick of butter, and pasta. Oh, and over a pound of cheese.
Inspired by a campfire hamburger tradition, this unusual take on meatloaf is loaded with onions, garlic, pickles, and mushrooms, then topped with a rich beer-cheese sauce.
Homemade Italian sausage is formed into patties and stuffed with nuggets of mozzarella cheese. Then, the burgers are heavily pepper-crusted on the rims and finished with a dollop of creamy ricotta, red sauce, and fresh basil. Perhaps best of all, though, is the garnish of vinegar peppers that roast in the oven (or, alternately, cook in a tin right on the grill).
These pull-apart garlic knots are baked in a cast iron skillet for a crisp, golden brown bottom. They are intensely flavored with pepperoni, red pepper flakes, garlic, and two types of cheeses, and have a moist, buttery crumb. It's the kind of recipe that your guests will demand you make time and time again because they're that damn good. Good thing they're easy as well.
A base of roasted red pepper cream sauce swaths pre-cooked, medium-sized pasta shells. I like the sauce smooth and silky, so I purée the roasted pepper mixture before adding a combination of heavy cream and half-and-half, along with three cheeses: ricotta, Fontina, and Asiago. Italian sausage, garlic, and onions, boost the sauce with extra flavor.
This insanely delicious sandwich requires a little more prep work than most but it is absolutely worth it: Filled with juicy, shredded beef short rib, sweet and tender caramelized onions, melted Gouda cheese, and a sharp mustard sauce, then tucked into griddled marbled rye bread, they're far more than just an easy snack. This is an indulgent meal unto itself.
Okay, tag this one for cold weather. Beyond rich, this bread pudding from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer Purcell (co-authored with Sandy Gluck) is total diet-busting comfort food. It's like filching the cheese toasts off 20 bowls of French onion soup and soaking them in heavy cream.
An easy stovetop fig jam joins nutty manchego cheese as the filling for simple, but elegant, chicken breasts. Finished in a port wine pan sauce with garlic, a touch of grainy mustard and heavy cream, the results are luxurious.
A fair question: who doesn't like jalapeno poppers? With that in mind, this dynamite chicken recipe -- part of a week-long celebration of chicken breasts -- offers a drool-worthy alternative to the average, grilled bird. The chicken is filled with a luxe cream cheese and sour cream mix that's specked with canned, roasted jalapenos, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Then, it's wrapped in bacon and grilled over indirect heat.
Oh, Tomato Tart, how you haunt my dreams! (Divine and wicked, from Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell's The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook.) Couldn't you have been less flaky, less creamy, less juicy-tomatoey? Or couldn't you at least have been more arduous or taken longer to put together? Then I wouldn't have blinked and devoured half a sheet of buttery puff pastry awash in milky ricotta and goat cheese.
A simple yet flavorful mixture of chorizo, jalapeño, and onion serves as the filling for these pounded chicken breasts, which cook in an ultra-creamy, beer-based cheese sauce.