Bret and I are avid auto racing fans! Last year we attended the first Formula One race at the new Austin, TX track (called COTA – Circuit of the Americas) and had a blast. The U.S. hasn’t hosted a Formula One race for years and there were a lot of happy fans at the opening of this track. It was such a fun experience – over 100,000 people, lots of entertainment, good (but expensive!) food, and lots of people-watching. Oh, and the race was great, too!
This year we didn’t go, but did get to watch it live on television with our friends Tom and Marty. Marty said to bring a snacky thing, so I came up with this variation of the roll-up crescent appetizer. It actually turned out quite good, although I’d definitely add more cheese next time! I took along some marinara for dipping and warmed everything up when we got there. They traveled quite well. Since holiday parties are coming up, this will be a good one to add to the appetizer list.
- 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
- 1 pkg. pepperoni slices (about 50 slices)
- 1 pkg. shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1 small jar marinara sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll the crescent rolls and pinch seams together. Cut dough into 15 squares. Place 3 slices of pepperoni on each square, along with a heaping teaspoon of marinara sauce. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of cheese on top of the sauce and bring the corners of the square together at the top to form a puff - twist the top to seal. Place puffs on a baking sheet lined with non-stick foil or parchment paper and bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with warm marinara on the side.
Tips and Stuff:
Cut the squares with a pizza cutter for straight lines and for easy cutting. You can make 12 if you want - it's easier to put all the stuff in them with 12, but they'll be bigger than bite-sized.
They are a little messy to form into a puff, but stick with it - they don't have to be perfect because they'll spread some when baked anyway. You can easily double this recipe. There was a suggestion to use string cheese stick instead of shredded cheese - that might be less messy.