|Italian Sub Skewers|
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Yield: Serves 16 skewers
Party Perfect Italian Sub Skewers
Skip the 8 foot sub and put out a platter of these pretty and flavor-packed party apps! A mix of provolone, salami, pepperoncini, fresh mozzarella, ham, artichoke hearts, olives, and grape tomatoes are served on colorful skewers with a Red Wine Vinegar & Oregano drizzle. Also excellent for gluten free snacking!
16 6” skewers
16 slices salami
16 slices deli ham
16 slices light Provolone
8 oz jar large Spanish olives with pimentos 16 small pepperoncini peppers
16 grape tomatoes
2Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1Tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon dried oregano Pinch red pepper flakes
1⁄2 teaspoon Kosher salt
On a large work surface, lay out 16 pieces of salami. Top each with a slice of ham and a slice of provolone to create deli stacks. In separate bowls, line up olives, pepperoncini, & tomatoes. Working one skewer at a time, roll up one deli stack tightly and slice into 4 even pinwheels.
Thread one pinwheel, one olive, one pinwheel, one olive, one pinwheel, one pepperoncini, one pinwheel, and one tomato. (Alternate veggies and pinwheels in any order you like!)
Whisk together olive oil, red wine vinegar, oregano, and salt. Drizzle vinaigrette over skewers when ready to serve.
Chef Tip: Try adding other fun antipasto elements to your skewers like canned artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, roasted red peppers, turkey pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, and diced peppers
|Broiled Black Bean Jalapeno Poppers|
Prep: 15 minutesCook: 5 minutesYield: 12 poppers
Broiled Black Bean Jalapeño Poppers
Make my healthier version of the happy hour favorite for the spice lovers in your life! Halved jalapeños are broiled and stuffed with a savory black bean and cheese mixture, then topped with a cooling lime-crema. These flavor packed bites are so delicious they won’t miss the heavier deep fried version one bit!
6 large jalapenos, halved lengthwise and seeded olive oil cooking spray
2 Tbsp minced shallot
3⁄4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained 1⁄2 tsp cumin
1⁄4 tsp chili powder, additional for garnish
1⁄4 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp minced cilantro
2 TBsp chopped scallions for garnish
3 Tbsp fat free Greek yogurt 1/8 tsp lime zest
1⁄2 tsp lime juice pinch salt
Line a broiler pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Lightly spray jalapenos with cooking spray and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Place cut side up on pan and broil for 3 minutes 2” inches from heat or until lightly charred. Coat a small nonstick sauté pan with cooking spray and cook shallot for 2 minutes add beans and 3 Tbsp water to pan and mash lightly with a fork. Stir in cumin, chili powder, and salt. Reduce to low, cover, and simmer for 2-3 minutes to heat though (add more water if necessary). Stir in cilantro and keep warm. Combine all Lime Crema ingredients and keep chilled. When ready to serve, spoon beans evenly into broiled jalapenos. Top each with 3⁄4 tsp crema, garnish with a pinch of chili powder and sliced scallions.
Tip: If you’re afraid of the heat from the jalapenos just swap in colorful baby bell peppers!
|Turkey Pepperoni Pizza Bites|
Prep: 5 minutesCook: 10 minutesYields: 15 pizza bites
Turkey Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Just four easy ingredients and a few minutes of prep! These pretty, lightened up takes on the classic pizza bagel are sure to be a hit with the crowd. Easy to make ahead, pack up, and reheat at the party or on the grill; this recipe uses one of my favorite healthy swaps! Turkey Pepperoni slashes the fat by up to 70% with all the savory flavor of regular pepperoni (& is available at your supermarket)! Tip: make a triple batch because these babies won’t last!
2/3 cup chopped turkey pepperoni
2/3 cup pizza sauce
15 mini fillo shells
1/2 cup shredded part skim mozzarella 1TB grated parmesan cheese
2 TB chopped fresh basil
Combine turkey pepperoni and pizza sauce in a small bowl. Spoon 2 heaping tsp into each filo shell, pressing down to fill. Sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan and place on a foil lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Cook for 5 minutes at 325 in the oven or toaster oven (or on the grill) to heat through and melt cheese. Garnish with basil and serve.
Turkey Pepperoni for the win! It has the same savory flavor of regular pepperoni for 70% less calories and fat. Find it right next to the regular pepperoni at the supermarket.
Pick up premade filo shells in the freezer section of your grocery store near the pie crust and puff pastry. They’re fantastic to keep on hand for all kinds of lightened up appetizers and desserts!
The filling for this dish may be made up to 2 days prior to your party but bake and fill the shells when you’re read to serve for the crispiest results.