Italian Appetizer Bites

What do you serve on game day? Other than sporting my orange and blue and serving up chili, I’m always looking for new Game Day ideas. In the fall, it’s like Christmas every Saturday around here.

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!

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!



  1. I’m so glad that you liked this appetizer!! Definitely not the healthiest option out there, but we love it, too! Have a great week :)

  2. I’m going to pretend that I didn’t see that “sarcasm” above. Not cool. You know, you do live in Buckeye country….and don’t you forget it!
    The apps look amazing. I guess the only way to lighten them up is to use light choose and/or less cheese. Or what about whole wheat crescent rolls?! They don’t exist, but they should!

    • …But I’m an Illini!!! OSU is our Michigan.

      It would be great if there was whole wheat anything processed. I did use the 2% provolone…that helped some.

  3. This would definitely be a hit with all the men in my family. They sure do like their meat and cheese! :-P

  4. Some recipes are just not worth healthifying and I’d rather just have a small piece of something more calorific than to try to make it healthier and have it taste not-as-good. I’m so glad it sounds like you had a fun weekend!

  5. Okay, now that’s a cool appetizer! I love how the filling is just hidden in there.

  6. Meh, I wouldn’t worry about the nutrition stats. Don’t football and bad food go hand-in-hand? I think eating something healthy would be a sacrilege.
    Luckily, football season is the shortest one.

    Although, what the hell do I know? I don’t watch football. Sometimes I wish I did just so that I would have something in common with everyone else in my family from September to February.

  7. I love basic cheese and crackers as well as bacon wrapped chicken! YUM!

  8. Looks delicious!! I love spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla chips. My mouth is watering just thinking abou it!

  9. These sound amazing. Definitely worth the indulgence.

    My favorite appetizer is bacon wrapped water chestnuts. Scallops and bacon are good, but the water chestnuts have the best texture, and I just love them. My Grandma made them one year for Christmas, and they’ve been my favorite thing ever since.

  10. Eh…don’t sweat it Nicole…just cuz you live in Ohio, doesn’t make you and automatic OSU fan…lol I could care less about them! I know, I know…curse me! lol

    That app looks so friggin good…of course, as far as I am concerned…anything that starts with a canned cresent roll can’t be bad! Roasted red peppers would have been the BEST part of this app!!! :)

    Favorite app? Hmmm…I think I like them ALL…seriously, on new years eve…all I serve is apps…and I am in paradise!

  11. These look so good! I love that you make them in a pan and then cut them to size. Easy to make and perfect for a game!

  12. Oh boy, does this look good! It’s the perfect game day (or any day!) treat. Do you think it would work with pizza dough too? Or maybe puff pastry would be a better sub? (I always have both in my freezer, lol!)

  13. Just found you blog and so glad that I did! I can’t wait to try some of your awesome looking foods, especially this….perfect for a party! Love your photos!

  14. This looks delicious! I make a sandiwich that everyone raves about: cream cheese, turkey, ham, bacon pieces, cheddar and swiss on french bread and then baked in the oven. Do you think this would work baked in the oven between cresent roll bread? I appreciate your thoughts!


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