Mini Holiday Pizzas
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Serves: 15
 
Holiday appetizers don't get any easier than this. These holiday shaped mini pizzas are a crowd pleasing favorite.
Ingredients
  • 1 package (13.8 ounces) refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar of pizza sauce
  • 15 slices plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated mozzarella cheese
  • Holiday shaped cookie cutters
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Lightly spray cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray
  3. Unroll dough on to cookie sheet
  4. Press dough until it forms a 15x10 inch rectangle
  5. With your holiday shaped cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes
  6. Remove excess dough
  7. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until set
  8. Remove the partially baked crusts from oven and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes
  9. Spread each crust with pizza sauce
  10. Top each pizza with one tomato slice
  11. Generously sprinkle mozzarella cheese over tomato slice
  12. Return to oven and bake an additional 3 - 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and crusts are golden brown
Notes
Variation: May use pesto sauce in place of pizza sauce May substitute Parmesan cheese in place of mozzarella cheese

 

Lacy Parmesan Crisps
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Serves: 6
 
Simple! Wonderful! Thin rounds of baked cheese.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of grated Parmesan cheese (approx 6 ounces)
  • Seasonings or bits of bacon (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Spoon Parmesan by level tablespoons, about 3 inches apart on cookie sheet
  4. Flatten each mound lightly to form a 2 inch round circle
  5. Bake until the edges turn a light golden color
  6. Transfer the parchment paper to a rack and cool for 2 minutes
  7. Transfer the crisps to a paper towel
  8. Repeat with the remaining cheese
Notes
Helpful hints: They run a little while heating Remove them from the parchment paper before they totally cool or they will stick Parmesan is salty -- do not add a seasoning with a lot of salt A little dash of garlic powder is delicious Eat as is or use for dipping

 

Tortilla Pizza Roll Ups
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Serves: 6
 
Finger food for Teens and get togethers.
Ingredients
  • 1 package mini tortillas (usually 6 per package)
  • 1 jar of pizza sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) bag of shredded mozzarella cheeze
  • pepperoni
  • garlic powder (optional)
  • grated parmesan cheese (optinal)
  • toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Lay the tortillas on a flat surface and spread each with 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce, up to ½-inch away from the edge.
  2. Reserve any remaining sauce and place in a dipping bowl.
  3. Spread cheese and pepperoni down the center and sprinkle with garlic if desired
  4. Then roll each one up and stab a toothpick through it to hold together
  5. Rub a little oil on each one for better browning.
  6. Place on a sheet pan lined with foil and bake at 450 for about 7 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese is melted
  7. After removing from oven may sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  8. Cut in half
  9. Serve with the remaining pizza sauce as a dip
Notes
I have seen packages with 24 mini tortillas. The recipe is easy to double. The best part about these is that you can make them the day before (without baking) and refrigerate. Then all you have to do is bake them before the party. May replace the mozzarella cheese with a package of 4-cheese pizza cheese

 

Corn Crackle Appetizer
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Serves: 16 - 20 squares
 
Great for teen parties !
Ingredients
  • 2 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix
  • 1 (4-ounce) can of cream-style sweet corn (optional)
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped salted peanuts
  • 1½ cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions
  2. Add the can of cream-style sweet corn and mix together until well blended
  3. Spread evenly in greased 15 ½ x 10 x 1 inch jelly roll pan. (A jelly-roll pan is a baking sheet with sides. The sides are 1-inch deep)
  4. Mix together the peanuts, cheese and garlic salt
  5. Sprinkle the mixed ingredients over the muffin mix
  6. Drizzle butter over the top.
  7. Bake in moderate oven (400 degrees) about 30 minutes or till crisp and lightly browned. Immediately cut in squares; cool slightly and remove from pan.
Notes
Adding the cream-style corn is optional. Corn bread tends to be dry. The cream style corn makes it moist and adds a bit more of the corn flavor.

 

Cheese Onion Pennies
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Serves: 6
 
These are delicious!!!!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 25 rounds of white bread cut out with a 1¾ inch canape cutter (may substitute a small glass and cut around it)
Instructions
  1. Blend the mayonnaise, cheese and onion in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Spread about 2 teaspoons on each round, and place on a cookie sheet.
  3. Broil about 6 inches from heat for 2 - 3 minutes or until top is browned and bubbly.
Notes
These may be prepared in advance and frozen. Defrost thoroughly before broiling or they will be soggy.

 

Cheese Brigadeiros
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Serves: 20
 
Nice smooth flavor. The cheese and sweetened condensed milk complement each other.
Ingredients
  • 1 (14 oz) can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Extra grated parmesan cheese to cover
Instructions
  1. In a medium non-stick pan, mix the milk and butter on low heat. Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.
  2. Before bringing the condensed milk to a boil slowly add the grated cheese stirring constantly.
  3. Continue stirring and cooking until it thickens and becomes more difficult to stir. You will start to see the bottom of the pan more clearly. When the mixture seems more like a dough and less like a batter, and it pulls from the sides of the pan easily, it is done. This should take approximately 20 - 25 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a greased plate and spread. Let it cool. (about 30 to 45 minutes)
  5. Put the extra shredded cheese on a separate dish.
  6. To mold the brigadeiro into balls, take a teaspoonful of mixture and roll it between your buttered hands.
  7. Transfer the ball to the dish of cheese and roll it around to coat all sides.
  8. Transfer the ball to a mini baking cup or square of parchment for serving. They keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Notes
Variation: You may also roll these in sugar or shredded coconut.