Green-chile and Cheddar Bites

December 4, 2011

Author Notes: The basis for this recipe is my friend Marie's Green Chile and Cheese Custard Soufflé. I toyed with the idea of making little individual cups in my mini-muffin tins--which though cute, don't see much action in my kitchen. I added creme fraiche for tang and a little cayenne for extra spice. Here is the tasty result.creamtea

Makes: 24 individual custards
Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • butter for greasing the pans, or mini-muffin liners
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, for extra kick, if a kick is desired
  • 1/2 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 of a 4-oz. can diced, roasted green chiles, the larger quantity yields a spicier bite
  • 1-1/2 cups good-quality grated sharp cheddar cheese, not packed
  • Prepared salsa as an accompaniment , if desired
In This Recipe

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375º and grease the individual cups of two nonstick mini-muffin tins, each containing 12 little cups (or line them with fluted foil liners).
  2. In a medium bowl, using a wire whisk or an electric hand mixer, beat the eggs until foamy. While beating, add the milk, crême fraîche and cayenne pepper to create a smooth mixture. Sift the flour over and beat in until combined- -some tiny lumps will remain.
  3. Scrape the batter into a measuring cup with a spout and pour a little batter into each cup until about 1/3 to 1/2 full. Start with the smaller amount to make sure you get to fill all the cups, leaving room for the chiles and cheese.
  4. With a teaspoon, drop a small portion of the diced chiles into each cup, about 1/4 to 1/2 t. per cup. Put a few pinches of the cheese on top of the chiles. Press the cheese and chiles slightly into the batter with the teaspoon. Place on a rack in the center of the oven and bake 15-20 minutes, or until puffed and golden. The edges will be nice and brown.
  5. Remove from oven and gently remove each custard with a plastic knife or small spatula. Some of them will be a little soft, so de-pan carefully. Cool slightly on a rack to firm up--they will sink down, but that's normal. Serve hot with a small bowl of prepared salsa to spoon over, if desired.

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Reviews (11) Questions (0)

11 Reviews

dymnyno December 5, 2018
I love this recipe!<br />It's a perfect small bite appetizer for any occasion.
 
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creamtea December 5, 2018
Thanks so much dymnyno!
 
JanetFL July 25, 2013
Great idea - excited to try your recipe!
 
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creamtea July 30, 2013
If you do, let me know how it works out!
 
Jeremiah H. July 25, 2013
Very nice
 
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creamtea July 30, 2013
Thank you!
 
Bevi December 6, 2011
I love the yield that you get with the ingredients you use. Yummy!
 
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creamtea December 8, 2011
thanks, Bevi. They are pretty yummy; the kids & I finished up 2 batches on Sunday.
 
lorigoldsby December 5, 2011
Mmm!
 
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creamtea December 4, 2011
thanks, aargersi!
 
aargersi December 4, 2011
LOVE! YUM!!!!!!!