Crescent Roll Cheesy Bites (my easiest and most popular recipe)

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These little appetizers are my go to recipe to make for any party, get together, or snack for movie night at home.

I started making them a few years ago when trying to throw together a snack with random ingredients I had in my fridge. Since then I’ve tried all different variations and make them almost every other week.

They are always a crowd pleaser and are  so very easy to make.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  • 1 roll of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 block of Cream Cheese
  • 3/4 cup of your choice of shredded cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon of taco seasoning
  • Plus any extra add ins. For example I sometimes throw in Corn, Onions, Green Peppers, or Chicken

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a mini muffin pan and set aside.
  • Let the cream cheese soften a bit.
  • In a mixer, mix together the cream cheese, shredded cheese and any other ingredients you wish to add.
  • Unwrap the crescent rolls and rip off a pieces that is approximately 2×2 inches. Flatten the roll on the counter and place a spoonful of the mixed cheese mixture in the center of the dough. Fold up the edges to create a little ball. Place the ball into the mini muffin pan.
  • Repeat until you have used all of the crescent rolls. 
  • Bake the bites in the oven for 8-9 minutes (or until they are a little toasted on top)
  • Devour them!

 

Cranberry, Pecan, and White Cheddar Cheese Ball Recipe

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This post is about cheese, what more do you need to know?

This summer has been filled with a lot of wine and toasting. What goes good with wine? Cheese. (Actually what doesn’t go with cheese?) This savory and sweet cheese ball goes well with both white wine and red wine as well as fun conversations with girl friends or long talks on docks with your love. (I made this cheese ball for both a girls’ night in as well as our anniversary trip to the Finger Lakes.)

It’s easy. Super easy. So if you’re still looking for a last-minute recipe to make for a Fourth of July get together you’ve found it!

I hope you all have a fun long weekend celebrating with friends and family. My best friend gets married this Saturday and I’m a ball of emotions. It’s going to be a beautiful wedding weekend. Think of me as I nervously await my Matron of Honor speech – I’m terrified of public speaking!  But in all seriousness, I can’t wait to celebrate her and her love all weekend long. They are the most adorable couple.  Cheers to them! 

Now go and enjoy some wine with this awesome cheese ball:

Cranberry, Pecan, and White Cheddar Cheese Ball:

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 Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Chopped Pecans
  • 8 ounces of Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 8 ounces, weight Shredded Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1-½ cup Dried Cranberries

Directions:

  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the chopped pecans evenly over the baking pan and bake for 5 minutes.
  • In a mixer, beat together the softened cream cheese and the shredded white cheddar cheese. 
  • Add in the pecans, Worcestershire sauce, and salt. Mix until everything is well blended. About 5 minutes. 
  • Remove the mixture from the mixer and form it into a ball. Wrap the ball in Saran wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes. (I did mine the night before and let it sit in the fridge over night because of timing)
  • Remove the cheese ball from the fridge and remove the Saran wrap. Cover the cheese ball in dried cranberries. You will have to push the cranberries into the cheese ball to secure them into place.
  • Serve with crackers and enjoy! 

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xoxo Katie

Skinny Mozzarella Sticks

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I love everything about the holidays except one thing: those pesky extra pounds that creep on after the multitude of holiday parties. I’m really feeling the extra weight this season. It is just so hard to say no to your favorite cookies, traditional family meals, and excessive drinking. Everything is a celebration – which means bring on the food and drink – which means an extra five pounds on my hips come January!

I always struggle at holiday parties. When food is in front of me I’m bound to eat it. Add alcohol into the mix and I tend to snack on double the amount that I should. I always like to bring a healthier plate to holiday parties to give me a little help.

This is why I was so happy to perfect this recipe of  “Skinny” Mozzarella Sticks. They are so tasty that you don’t think twice about them being healthier than any kind you’d order up at your local bar. Made with egg roll wrappers, you can eat 2 or 3 of these mouth-watering treats and not feel too guilty!

They are an instant crowd pleaser for all ages. Plus, they won’t hurt your Christmas budget or take up too much of your precious Holiday time, leaving more time to celebrate!

Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

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12 pieces of mozzarella string cheese (I use Weight Watchers brand, only 1 point each)

12 egg roll wrappers

Olive oil (about 1/4 cup)

Marina sauce for dipping

Directions:

1. Lay an egg wrapper flat and place a single cheese string in the bottom corner. Fold bottom corner and roll up. Dip the remaining corners in water and fold them around the cheese. (the water acts as a sealer. otherwise the wrapper will flap open while cooking).

2. Repeat with all wrappers and cheese sticks.

3. Begin to heat olive oil on a frying pan on your stove top.

4. Once the oil starts to bubble, add the sticks, a few at a time. Fry time for about 1 minute on each side or until they are golden brown.

5. Lie the finished sticks on papers towels to drain the excess oil.

6. Serve hot with marina sauce for dipping!

Happy Christmas feasting! 

xoxo katie