CHEESY SNACKS

The perfect chewy and cheesy snack, appetizer or soup crouton dippers!

CHEESY SNACKS
2 cups (8 ounce bag) shredded Parmesan cheese
2 cups (8 ounce bag) shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 LARGE egg
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk together the egg, garlic powder and onion powder until mixed well.
  • Fold in shredded cheeses until well blended.
  • Spread in an even layer on parchment paper.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes. Edges will start to crisp and
  • Cool slightly and cut into pieces.

NOTES:

  • I used a Mozzarella and provolone mix instead of plain Mozzarella and a Parmesan Roman Asiago mix instead of plain Parmesan and it adds just a little extra flavor.
  • Add some minced red onion and minced pepperoni chunks to call it CHEESY PIZZA SNACKS!

JALAPENO POPPER WONTON CUPS

Wonton Cups full of yummy bacon, jalapeños (or green chiles if you’re a wimp), cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and sour cream make the perfect party or game day appetizer!

JALAPENO POPPER WONTON CUPS Yield: 12

12 wonton wrappers, (you’ll find them in the produce section for some weird reason)
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream, plus more for serving
3/4 pound bacon, cooked & crumbled, reserve 2 tablespoons
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, reserve 2 tablespoons
3-4 jalapeños, seeded and chopped (for more spice, do not remove all the seeds and for wimps substitute green chiles – I used HOT green chiles for a middle of the road)
diced green onion for serving

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup; bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese and sour cream until smooth.
  • Stir in bacon pieces, cheddar cheese, and chopped jalapeños or green chiles.
  • Spoon filling into wonton cups, then sprinkle with reserved bacon and cheese.
  • Return to oven and bake for an additional 8-10 minutes, until wontons are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of diced green onion.

VARIATIONS ON THIS RECIPE:

  • Bacon can be replaced with ground beef, crumbled sausage or small diced ham
  • Add crumbled blue cheese, Gorgonzola or flavor of choice
  • Substitute a flavored cream cheese for the plain cream cheese
  • Use a Mexican Sour Cream instead of plain
  • Add chopped red peppers
  • Add chopped onions