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Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges and Homemade Marinara Sauce

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If you love those Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges from O'Charley's then you will LOVE this recipe that my daughter and I created. Read on to learn how to fix these yourself, and they are perfect for National Dairy Month.

Any given week if we make our way to O'Charleys to have dinner, you will find us ordering the big sampler Appetizer platter. Why? Because my family cannot get enough of those delicious Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges and Marinara Sauce that they serve.

They are deliciously crunchy on the outside, and ooey gooey on the inside.

If you are a cheese lover like me, these will make you close your eyes and sigh with every single bite.

My daughter has been on her head to make a homemade version of these for a while. This recipe came out even better than I expected.

The crispiness of the outside was achieved using Panko bread crumbs. We love them so much more than regular bread crumbs.

They get crispier when you fry them and when you bite into your cheese wedge, you will hear that infamous crunch you long to hear.

The Marinara Sauce

The marinara sauce literally only takes 10 minutes to prepare. You need these ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil to the pan, allowing it to warm for 1 minute, then add the garlic and sauté it for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until it's golden brown and fragrant.

Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, sugar, basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes (if you are using those), stirring to combine. Simmer the sauce for 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, then season it with additional salt, pepper or sugar, to taste.

Check out these other delicious appetizers as well

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  • Yield: 8 servings

    Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges and Homemade Marinara Sauce

    Pepper Jack Cheese Wedges and Homemade Marinara Sauce

    These pepper jack cheese wedges taste just as good as the ones you get from O'Charley's.

    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 15 minutes

    Ingredients

    For the cheese wedges

    • 1 8 ounce block of Pepper Jack Cheese
    • 1 cup of Panko Bread Crumbs
    • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
    • Salt and Pepper for Seasoning
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/2 cup of oil for frying

    For the marinara

    • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon basil
    • 1/4 teaspoon of oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

    Instructions

    1. Take your block of pepper jack cheese and cut it half. Take each half and cut it into two triangles. Take each triangle and slice it in half making a total of 8 wedges.
    2. Take each one and dust with the all purpose flour.
    3. Set them aside and prepare your panko bread crumbs.
    4. Mix together 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of pepper with the Panko Crumbs. Set aside.
    5. Dip floured wedges into the egg mixture and then roll in panko crumbs. Do it again so as the cheese has a double layer. Place on a cookie sheet. Repeat until all are finished.
    6. Place in a freezer for 1 hour.
    7. Heat oil to 350 degrees in a shallow pan. One by one fry your cheese wedges just until the panko starts to turn brown --1-2 minutes tops.
    8. Remove from heat and sprinkle with pepper and salt if needed. Serve with Marinara Sauce

    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    8

    Serving Size:

    1

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 368Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 478mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 11g

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    Radha

    Saturday 2nd of July 2022

    We love pepper jack and fried cheese. This fits perfectly for us and the dipping sauce is also quick. This recipe rocks!

    Jolene

    Saturday 25th of June 2022

    Oh my gosh, I've eaten lots of fried cheese but never pepper jack. Cannot wait to give these a try!

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    Thursday 23rd of June 2022

    These would be a huge hit in our house. Wisconsin girl here!

    Lisa Kerhin

    Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

    Reminds me of the cheese wedges from a restaurant here...love them!

    Wendy Klik

    Wednesday 22nd of June 2022

    My daughter is a cheese stick nut....she will be so excited with these.

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