We obviously all know by now that Mr. Prevention chooses Buffalo Chicken Dip as his game time snackie…and that I am sooo sick of the stuff. In an effort to expand horizons, I entered another recipe swap for Game Day foods. I offered up Oven-Fried Pickles and I was selected to try these Italian Appetizer Bites.
After a quick scan of the ingredients I knew 2 things.
First, without completely changing the recipe, I was at a loss as to how to “slim” them up. I opted for 2% provolone, low-sodium deli ham, and peppers packed in water vs. oil. The nutrition stats weren’t fabulous, but I was honestly expecting worse.
Second, I knew these would be a huge hit with my picky, picky, vegetable-hating friend who was visiting this past weekend. She loves the basics of meat and cheese, but opted to pick out the red peppers I have to give her a hard time because she is such a picky eater!
So yes, these were enjoyed by all during the Illini win (and OSU loss — DARN ::sarcasm::). For once, it’s nice to be an Illini in Buckeye Country. And now, I’m going to go knock on some wood!
Italian Appetizer Bites from Fried Ice and Donut Holes
2 packages crescent rolls
8 oz salami
8 oz reduced-fat provolone cheese slices
8 oz low-sodium ham slices
1 cup (2 ounces) Parmesan cheese, grated
2-12 oz jars roasted red peppers (not packed in oil), drained
Preheat the oven to 350 F and spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Unroll 1 package of crescent rolls and line the bottom of the pan with them. Layer the rolls with half of the salami, provolone, and ham.
In a bowl, whisk together 6 eggs with the Parmesan cheese. Pour half of the egg mixture over the layer of meat and cheese. Layer 1 jar of the peppers over the top of the egg mixture.
Repeat the layers of salami, provolone, and ham, followed by the eggs and peppers. Top with the other package of crescent rolls. Make an egg wash with the remaining egg and brush over the top of the rolls.
Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes. Allow the bites to cool at least 30 minutes, then cut into 24 triangles and serve. Yield: 24 (good-sized bites).
Nutrition Information (per serving): 170 calories; 10.2 g. fat; 82 mg. cholesterol; 532 mg. sodium; 6.8 g. carbohydrate; 1 g. fiber; 9.3 g. protein
Result: Quite the game day meat-lovers delight! Simple to make and sure to please a crowd. Watch portions, however — not calorie, fat, or sodium-friendly!
Back-to-back weekends of guests has been so much fun. When the girls left yesterday the house felt so empty and it made the miles between those and the ones I love seem longer than ever. Do I need a little cheese with my
wine whine? There’s so much fun and excitement that comes along with moving for jobs (even if not your own), but there’s something about the comfort of home and old friends that you just can’t beat. Thanks for coming, 312 girls
Question: What’s your favorite not-so-nutritious appetizer?
Everything in moderation! Have a great week!