Cristina Cooks "Taste of Home" Hors d'oeuvres

Cristina Cooks "Taste of Home" Hors d'oeuvres

Tuscan Sausage & Bean Deep


Yield: 16 servings (1/4 cup each)
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.

• 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage • 1 medium onion, finely chopped • 4 garlic cloves, minced • ½ cup dry white wine or chicken broth • ½ teaspoon dried oregano • ¼ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach, coarsely chopped • 1 can (15 ounces) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained • 1 cup chopped seeded tomatoes • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese Assorted crackers or toasted French bread baguette slices

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large skillet, cook sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage into crumbles; drain.
  3. Stir in wine, oregano, salt and thyme.
  4. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.
  5. Add cream cheese; stir until melted.
  6. Stir in spinach, beans and tomatoes; cook and stir until spinach is wilted.
  7. Transfer to a greased 8-in.-square or 1-½-qt. baking dish.
  8. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  9. Bake 20-25 minutes or until bubbly.
  10. Serve with crackers.

Bacon-Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites


Yield: about 2-½ dozen.
Prep: 25 min. Bake: 40 min.

• ¼ cup butter, melted • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 1-3/4 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes • ½ cup packed brown sugar • 1 pound bacon strips, halved • Maple syrup, warmed

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, mix butter and seasonings.
  3. Add potatoes and toss to coat.
  4. Place brown sugar in a shallow bowl.
  5. Wrap one-piece bacon around each sweet potato cube; secure with a toothpick.
  6. Dip each side in brown sugar.
  7. Place on a parchment paper-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
  8. Bake 40-45 minutes or until bacon is crisp and sweet potato is tender.
  9. Serve with maple syrup.

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