As we approach the holidays, I’m on the lookout for easy appetizer recipes. I try to keep my refrigerator stocked this time of year so that if I get unexpected company, I can quickly whip up something tasty.
I also like to make things that require the oven. On cold days, the extra warmth in the kitchen is always welcome, and baking something provides such a welcoming ambiance. Today, I wanted to share a fabulous spur-of-the-moment-party recipe.
There are two things I know that my friends and family love – really good cheese and pepperoni.
Combine the two and you have an easy, tasty, and quick snacketizer (my new word for snack and appetizer).
Inspired by the lovely Tonia from The Gunny Sack, I’m sharing my take on Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls.
Easy Cheesy Pepperoni Rolls
Here’s what you’ll need:
2 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (I used the kind with flaky layers.)
32 slices of pepperoni
1 8-ounce block Extra Sharp White Cracker Barrel Cheese, cubed into 16 pieces
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons Parmesan, shredded
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 jar pizza sauce
Let’s get baking:
Begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F. Next, spray two 9″ round pie / cake pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
Then flatten out the biscuits. Place one piece of pepperoni on the biscuit, then the cheese, then another piece of pepperoni. Gather up the edges of the biscuits to cover the cheese and pepperoni and seal with your fingers.
Place the filled biscuits, seam sides down in a greased pan. Brush with egg wash and then sprinkle with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and Parmesan. Bake for 18 – 20 minutes.
If you notice that the rolls are starting to brown too much, just cover them loosely with a piece of aluminum foil.
Allow the rolls to cool slightly and serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.
eriously, you are going to love these. While the combination of flavors is sublime, the cheese is the star of the show! The sharp, yet smooth taste of the Cracker Barrel cheese is beyond amazing, the result of its unique aging process that creates the sharpness and the addition of cream that produces the smooth texture. This process is what sets Cracker Barrel apart from other cheeses.
I also love the fact that you can keep all of these ingredients in your fridge and pull them out when needed. The dough is surprisingly good as well. You can’t even tell it’s from a can. Love that! This may become one of your favorite holiday or game-day snacketizers.
Thanks again to Tonia for the inspiration! Have you ever made something like this at home? What is your go-to snack for impromptu entertaining?