Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year

Hello all! One of my non-resolution resolutions is to do a better job blogging. 2010 was sad, in terms of blogging. I did plenty of cooking, ate at some great restaurants...but in the end, I just didn't have the blog bug. To start us out, I have simple, awesome, fast snack for you to try.

At a holiday gathering in December, our host put this together for us. It was awesome. I don't know what it is called. I'm calling it...tasty yum yums in tube dough. Really, I don't have a name for them. Ricotta Crescent Roll Ups, how's that? Oh, these things are versatile, can't wait to try other fillings.

Start a tube of refrigerator crescent roll dough. Unroll and do one of two things. Lay the triangles out in a circular shape like this, or just lay them out (photo later). Allow the corners to overlap a little. Place a few leaves of basil or baby spinach on the wide end.

On top of the basil/spinach option, place a tablespoon of seasoned ricotta cheese. I had 8 TB of ricotta, seasoned with salt, pepper and 1 TB of Italian Seasoning. Stir to combine. On a later batch, I seasoned with fresh, chopped basil, salt, pepper and fresh parmigiana. What might you want to try?

On top of the ricotta, add a teaspoon of diced tomato. Use fresh, ripe & fresh tomato, if you have it. Use canned tomato, but drain it first. After the tomato, take the skinny tip of the dough and roll over and tuck under the wide end. You'll have a wreath shape. Bake in a 375 oven for 12-14 minutes, until golden brown. Serve hot.

Here's a simple way to prepare the roll ups if you like.

Stuffed, rolled and ready for the oven.

Baked and ready for serving. Very tasty.

I was thinking of some other options:
Cream cheese & shredded cheddar, broccoli
Queso Fresco, Tex-Mex spices, beans or chicken, roasted peppers or corn
Crumbled feta, oregano, olives
Cream cheese & peanut butter, diced apples and chopped nuts

What do you think?


Em said...

Feta and roasted red peppers. How about a dessert version with apple pie filling?

Megan said...

So I totally make these things called parmesan bites that i found the recipe on the crescent rolls website forever ago. You mix a softened package of cream cheese with a cup of grated or shredded parm. You unroll the crescent rolls, but don't pull the triangles apart - leave them in little rectangles fill with the cream cheese parm mixture, top with chopped red bell pepper and some fresh chopped parsley, roll the rectangle into a little log, slice into 4 rounds top with more grated parm and bake. They are like crack...people love them.