Jack Snacks

Jack Snacks (2)

Starting a low-carb diet?  Bet you’re wondering what YOU can snack on when the rest of the family is enjoying verboten foods.  Well this recipe, if you can call it a recipe, is one solution.  It’s suitable for Atkins Induction Phase, Keto diets and even Primal followers that eat occasional cheese.  Takes just minutes to make and bake!  This is now my #1 recipe in popularity, having well over 30,000,000 fans on Facebook now, blowing my Lebanese Baked Chicken (my former #1 recipe) right out of the water. 🙂

And if you seed the jalapeno, like I did, these were not even all that hot (I don’t like real hot/spicy foods).  Leave the seeds in if you like to spice things up!  These are delicious and so low-cal/low-carb you could eat the entire batch if you were so inclined!  The hubs and I split this batch equally and we both loved these!  Now, to be quite honest, I’ve also just melted plain old pepper-jack cheese before, but these really are better for some reason.  Maybe the cheese is better; maybe the fresh pepper is just better.  All I know is these are much better than just melting jack cheese!  🙂  Some have asked, and if you try to save some and reheat, you better really watch them closely, as they are inclined to burn when reheated.


1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack cheese

1 medium fresh jalapeno, sliced real thin

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350º.  Place a sheet of parchment paper on a metal cookie sheet.  DO NOT use a silicone/silpat sheet, waxed paper or foil (unless it’s the special non-stick foil) to bake these or they will not cook properly.  Using a tablespoon, scoop up 1 T. of cheese and make a small pile on the parchment.  Press it slightly flat.  Repeat 15 more times. Place a slice of jalapeno on top of each pile.  Pop into 350º oven for about 10-12 minutes.  I would recommend browning them a wee bit more than shown in the photo for a firmer snack to serve at parties.  These are somewhat pliable if under browned. Allow them to completely cool and fully firm up before removing from the pan for best results. 🙂

NUTRITIONAL INFO:   Makes 16, each contains:

25.5 cals, 2.13 g fat, 0.10g carbs, 0.02g fiber, 0.08g NET CARBS, 1.63g protein, 60 mg sodium

459 thoughts on “Jack Snacks

      1. Sorry, I’ve been out of town and just now found your post. When you are using shredded cheese, they cook up lacey-like with tiny ‘peek holes’. What you
        are seeing is the black tray they are sitting on.

    1. People tell me they have and liked them. I prefer the fresh. If using the pickled be sure to pat/drain them off on paper towels or the the liquid may prevent proper crisping in the middle.

  1. Piddler

    I am all for quick and easy snack redipies. These look delicious. Not being a huge fan of jalepeno peppers, I wowonder eder how thin slices of cauliflower would taste?

    1. Well, they’ll sure be “different” tasting from mine with a cauliflower sub, but cauli and cheese do go together. But since cauliflower is prone to bleed moisture, I honestly think they might come out soggy with cauliflower.

  2. Arlene Travnik

    These are so good! I was looking through recipes tonight to see what I could do with some prosciutto that I had to use up, and I did these. I laid a piece of prosciutto down, topped with the cheese and then added the jalepeno. Perfect! They were crisp and delicious. Love! Thank you!

    1. Glad you like them, Arelen. I’m no help to you on the prosciutto front though. I don’t think I’ve ever cooked with it before to be quite honest. But I suspect most any recipe using bacon would be delicious with a smoked prosciutto. 🙂

    1. I have not tried to store them. But other readers say they have. As long as you reheat them on a low temp to re-crisp them, it should work. but I would use the fresh jalapenos (drier) and not the pickled variety. That moisture int he pickled peppers may inhibit re-crisping.

    1. Yes, that is for each. I tend to post “single item” recipes like cookies, meat patties , bars or sticks as “units” in the nutritional numbers. Makes more sense to me, since You may eat two for a serving, but your husband may eat 4, and your toddler only a half. Serving sizes are so personal in my opinion. 🙂

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