Chili And Rosemary Bread Balls

These chili and rosemary bread balls are a delicious alternative to bread rolls, and perfect as a side for pasta, soups, and red meats. The heat comes from serrano pepper in this recipe (medium-heat, 10,000 to 23,000 Scoville heat units), but you could opt to use jalapeño pepper here, too, for more of a low-medium spiciness (2,500 to 8,000 SHU).

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These aromatic and spicy bread balls are even better when they’re served with a side of garlic butter. Simply melt some butter and add crushed garlic. Serve it on the side of these chili and rosemary bread balls, or drizzle it atop.

The bread is best served immediately, but you can use them the next day by simply placing them in the oven for a few minutes before serving.

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Chili and Rosemary Bread Balls

Aromatic and fiery, delicious with soup, pasta, and red meats
5 from 2 votes
Servings 18 servings
Calories 130 kcal


  • 5 cups strong bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon fast-action yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 red serrano pepper
  • 2 sprigs rosemary


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add the flour to a large mixing bowl.
  • Make space in the middle of the flour and add the salt, yeast, sugar, and warm water. Combine until a sticky dough is formed.
  • Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Then knead the dough for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  • Add the finely chopped serrano chili, then knead the dough again for 2 minutes.
  • Split into approximately 18 large balls or 24 smaller ones.
  • Place on a non-stick baking tray, then add a few rosemary leaves to each one.
  • Cook in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until turning slightly golden. Monitor the bread closely as the bread balls can be browned earlier than this timing.
  • Perfect served with some garlic butter.


Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 132mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 7mgIron: 0.3mg


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on July 3, 2022 to include new content.
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