You can onit cheese altogether and go a diifferent route with a compound butter. Such as a casino butter. Its nice to add a bit of bread crumb in there to aid in stabilaty when they cook. Wrap some casino butter with some rock shrimp or crab meat real or fake.
1/3 c sliced fresh parsley
1 tsp hot sauce
2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
4 green onions, sliced
3/4 tsp salt
1/3 c sliced red bell pepper
1 lb unsalted butter, softened
3 tbsps white wine
2 tab frsh bread crumb
Step #1 Pulse first 5 ingredients in a food processor/blender until mixd.
Step #2 Add remaining ingredients; process until well mixed, stopping to
scrape down sides.
Step #3 add bread crumb last with final few pulses
Step #4 Cover up; put in the fridge for at least a day or freeze.
Thanks for the input. I made my first set of ABTs based on your advice. I used some of the white mexican "queso" cheese. I had a leftover ribeye I had grilled a couple days ago. I cut thin slices and spiced it up a bit and added it to the ABTs. I wrapped it in bacon and crossed my fingers. They turned out great! I ate them all before I remembered to take any pictures. Thanks for the advice.
I love Cream Cheese but did not like Them in the ABT'S
After a bit of research, bastardizing recipes and sampling. I came up with the following 2 recipes. The first one I loved the 2nd has yet to be tried.
Richâ€™s Peppers 16 oz. Jimmy Dean sausage (HOT) partial cooked and seasoned Â¼ cup of Favorite Rub Â½ cup Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese Â½ cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese Bacon
Richâ€™s Pizza Peppers Â½ cup Pepperoni
1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
4 oz. Tomato Paste Â¼ cup Sundried Tomatoes
Â¼ cup Parmesan Cheese 1 Tbl. Italian seasoning
Dont forget trying LESS cream cheese. Use enough and it becomes a dominant flavor, use just a bit and it add a bit of "velveeta texture" to what ever else you have in there. Cream cheese is real stable, doesnt seperate into oil and chewy cheese. Its good just for that reason.