Jalapeno sticks

I gave myself a big pat on my back after making this dish. I was personally so impressed. I tried to emulate what I learnt from the chef at our club. I asked him, how do you manage to make your fish fingers into such perfect rectangular shapes. So he showed me his tray in which the fish coated with batter was all flattened out and refrigerated. He said, just before serving, they cut it coat it and deep fry.

I tried doing that with potato sticks and it worked like magic, infact even better I feel.

1 cup boiled mashed potatoes (almost pureed)
1 cup boiled mixed vegetables (carrots, green peas)
2 tbsp chopped pickled jalapenos
1/2 cup mozarella cheese
1/4 cup cream cheese
2 tbsp bread crumbs
2 tbsp maida mixed with water
2 tspn mixed italian herbs
1 tspn red chilli flakes
1 tspn corn starch
3 tbsp Oil 
salt to taste

1) Place the bread crumbs mixed with 1tspn herbs in a flat dish and the maida batter in another side by side
2) Mix the mashed potatoes with salt and 1 tspn of corn starch until it is dough like
3) Now in flat baking tin, put half of the mashed potatoes and flatten it out.
4) In a bowl, mix the veggies with the cream cheese, shredded mozarella, red chilli flakes, jalapenos, salt, herbs and mix well.
5) Pour this mixture on the flattened potato mixture on the tin and flatten it out
6) Next add the remaining potato mixture and using a spatula flatten it to cover the stuffing
7) Now refrigerate this for an hour. Preheat your oven at 180c
8) Now remove the potato sticks and cut it into strips.
9) Lift each carefully. Dip it in the maida batter and then into the breadcrumb mixture
10) Place it on a greased baking sheet. Repeat for all. Brush with oil 
11) Bake for 12 min and then flip over and bake for another 2-3 min

Mine burnt slightly on the edges at some places, so I repeated a batch and then tried flipping it over like I have mentioned above which sort of worked. The final outcome was so crunchy from outside and soft cheesy within, that it was hard to believe that my oven could yield such magic.


rajani said…
Wish you had some pictures of the steps too. Its pricking my curiosity already and yes, the bookmark list is growing again :-)
Usha said…
Jalapeno sticks came out perfect and as you said even better. Wonderful recipe.
Suma Gandlur said…
The way it is assembled is a neat trick for that shape. This one makes a great appetizer.
Very interesting technique. Thanks for sharing that with us. The sticks all look alike and evenly shaped.
Unknown said…
You surely deserve a pat for the perfect shape of these potatoes...

They look awesome
Priya Suresh said…
Gal this is too much, those sticks are tempting me a lot, i want some rite now.
Wow they look cool. Nice tip for getting perfect cuts. The flavors sound good.
Srivalli said…
Looks so stunning and sinful Pradnya..I have done this with frying, baked version sounds too good!
Harini R said…
My husband would be very happy to munch on these! They look very tempting.
Srividhya said…
ahhhaaa.. Jalapeno sticks... great way to have them. yummy
Wow! Perfect jalapeno sticks. lovely click.
Unknown said…
that is tempting.. such a delicious snack..
Pavani said…
OMG, those jalapeno sticks look so cheesy and tempting. Love the last click with the oozing out cheese.

I’ve made these twice now! Totally yummy!! you tempted me make it again..

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