Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tasty Tuesday: a fun appetizer

Several weeks ago, I was home in NH for the weekend. My best friend had a baby in July, and I hadn't met him yet (gasp!). She and her husband planned his baptism for a Sunday, and I wasn't going to be home for Thanksgiving, so it seemed like a good reason to go. Plus, it was Veterans Day weekend, and she and her husband are both Vets, and I had Friday off. Also, their older son is my godson Jackson. Winning all around!

My family is big on cocktail hour. We have cocktails and snacks, and have for as long as I can remember. I do think that this is a big reason why I like cheese and crackers so much! My grandmother drinks a Manhattan, my mother, vodka on the rocks and my father, likely Scotch. Me? I don't seem to have a signature cocktail these days. Should I? Do you?

Anyway, I digress.

Are you familiar with the food company called Schwanns? It is an online food and grocery delivery service, mostly frozen foods, and my parents have used them for a long time. They have some great products and all sorts of fun things. With each delivery, they leave a catalogue and a date they will return, a couple of weeks later. I was flipping through the catalogue and saw a recipe that I thought looked fun. My grandmother was coming over for dinner that night, and I thought this would be a great snack to make, and I thought she'd get a kick out of it. It was Schwanns Meatball Roll-up with Queso Dip!

Meatball Roll-Up with Queso Dip

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Number of Servings: 14-16


1 Starter Crust, slightly thawed
1 cup roasted peppers, drained and chopped
16 Italian Style Meatballs, frozen
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp
seasoning (coarse salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, chives)
1 tray Roasted Pepper Queso Dip, prepared


1. Preheat oven to 425°F.

2. Cut crust into 16 slices starting from the center and leaving edges uncut.

3. Drizzle peppers over raw crust.

4. Place meatballs in center of cut crust and roll to outer edges. Push down slightly to secure.

5. Brush olive oil over crust and sprinkle with seasoning.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

7. Pour prepared queso into a round serving dish and place in center for dipping sauce.

My notes-

We didn't used the red peppers.

I forgot the drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with seasonings until about halfway through.

It was still delicious!

We used marinara sauce for dipping too!



I will say that the pieces are a bit clumsy, as the part with the meatball tends to break off the crust part, since it's heavier, but it really is a two or three bite snack anyway!


This was definitely a fun thing to make, and my grandmother loved it. It would be a great snack for one of your holiday parties!

What is your favorite appetizer?

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