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Easy Appetizers to Impress

Tis the season for tasty apps.
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  • Angela Sellers

March 24, 2016

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The best thing about winter holiday season is how it brings people together. It’s the season to spend time with family, show friends and colleagues how much you appreciate them, and get a little closer to your community.

Wild Mushroom-Bacon Cheese Tarts

Wild Mushroom-Bacon Cheese Tarts

  • Hands-On Time

    20 minutes
  • Total Time

    35 minutes
  • Serves

    12
  • 2 (10-ounce) packages frozen puff pastry shells
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 leek, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 4 strips Hormel® Black Label® bacon, chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ¼ cups grated gruyere cheese

Instructions

  1. Bake shells according to package directions. Remove tops and cool to room temperature.
  2. In large skillet, heat oil and cook leeks and bacon 10 minutes or until bacon is cooked through.
  3. Stir in mushrooms, rosemary and salt and cook additional 5 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir in cheese.
  4. Spoon leek mixture into pastry shells. Bake 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Info

Per serving:
Calories: 281, Protein: 9g, Carbohydrate: 19g, Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 410mg

Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

  • Hands-On Time

    15 minutes
  • Total Time

    30 minutes
  • Serves

    8
  • 18 (3 ½-inch) wonton wrappers
  • 1 (3.5-ounce) package Hormel® sandwich style pepperoni slices
  • 9 (4 ½-inch) mozzarella cheese sticks, cut in half
  • as needed oil for frying
  • as needed marinara sauce for dipping
  • to garnish freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • to garnish chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  1. Brush edges of wonton with water.
  2. Place 1 pepperoni slice in center of wonton (point side down). Place cheese stick half in center. Fold bottom corner up and roll to seal.
  3. Heat oil to 325°F. (using candy thermometer). Carefully place in hot oil and fry 2 to 3 minutes or until golden. Drain.
  4. Serve with heated marinara sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

Nutrition Info

Per serving:
Calories: 331, Protein: 18g, Carbohydrate: 37g, Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 32mg, Sodium: 777mg

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toasts

Smoked Salmon Avocado Toasts

  • Hands-On Time

    10 minutes
  • Total Time

    10 minutes
  • Serves

    1
  • 1 slice pumpernickel bread, toasted
  • 1 (2-ounce) package Wholly® avocado mini
  • 3 slices smoked salmon
  • 2 slices cucumber
  • to garnish thinly sliced red onion
  • to garnish capers
  • to garnish fresh dill sprigs

Instructions

Spread 1 side of bread with avocado. Top with smoked salmon slices and cucumber. Garnish with onion, capers and fresh dill sprigs, if desired. Cut if desired.

Nutrition Info

Per serving:
Calories: 291, Protein: 31g, Carbohydrate: 23g, Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 871mg

Szechuan Pork Skewers

Szechuan Pork Skewers

  • Hands-On Time

    15 minutes
  • Total Time

    1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Serves

    6
  • 1 pound Hormel® Always Tender® pork butt, cubed
  • ¼ cup House of Tsang® szechuan spicy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • to garnish sliced green onions, crushed
  • to garnish red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In large bowl, combine pork and next 4 ingredients, stirring to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  2. Remove from marinade and discard marinade.
  3. Thread pork pieces onto soaked wooden or metal skewers.
  4. Prepare grill for medium heat. Grill pork skewers 12 to 15 minutes, turning often, until pork is cooked through.
  5. Garnish with green onions and crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.

Nutrition Info

Per serving:

Calories: 131, Protein: 13g, Carbohydrate: 5g, Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 30mg, Sodium: 580mg