Thursday, January 20, 2011

Pep Up Your Football Party

A few weeks back my brother mentioned he had an easy, football party recipe for me to try. Then he tells me it’s called “White Trash Puff Balls.” Hmmm. Maybe I’m embracing my trashy side a little too often! Pabst Blue Ribbon roasted chicken and a recipe with the descriptive word “white trash” in the same month? Certainly a risk.

But, Big Rob of “Big Rob’s Buffalo Dip” fame and his lovely girlfriend were coming over to watch the playoffs and I certainly couldn’t serve a master of football ceremonies a shoddy appetizer.

I did a quick Google search half expecting that my brother completely made this recipe up as an excuse to refer to his big sister as “white trash” but low and behold, there are about 1,000 hits on the web for such a distinguished snack.

To avoid further tarnishing my previously stellar reputation, I’m calling my healthier version Pepperoni Bites. Anyone who thinks they don’t have time to throw together a quick homemade appetizer for a party should really check this out. It has only three ingredients!

Chop a 6oz. package of turkey pepperoni into tiny pieces (I used a food processor). Mix the pepperoni with an 8oz. block of 1/3 less fat cream cheese. This is now your filling to stuff reduced fat crescent rolls. Open up two packages of crescent rolls and cut each triangle of dough into two. Drop a big spoonful of filling on each and seal it up into a little package. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until the bites puff up and turn a beautiful golden brown. (* 2 Weight Watchers Points per bite).

These little pepperoni snacks fill the entire house with the smell of buttery, freshly baked biscuits. When you take a bite, the filling is warm and gooey, but not so runny that you have scolding hot cream cheese running down your hand. The filling stays in the pocket where it belongs; one little perk of using reduced fat cheese and perfect for party snacking.

Turkey pepperoni happens to be one of those products that I prefer over pepperoni made with pork or beef. It isn’t greasy, and it has the exact same flavor profile as the original. Since the meat is so heavily spiced, there’s no need to load up the filling with tons of other ingredients.

White trash or not, these were a crowd pleaser. We polished off the whole tray. To top it off, the Jets brought home the W. Go team!

* Get cooking. Let me know what you think. Love it? Hate it? I’m interested in hearing your feedback and suggestions.

Pepperoni on Foodista

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