Sweet & Spicy Cheese Dip

This cheese dip will surely be a hit at any end-of-summer cookout …and it’s very easy to make!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
8 ounces cream cheese
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 small onion, chopped
Ritz crackers, crushed
Bacon bits
1/2 cup mango & red pepper sauce

Directions:
Mix mayonnaise, cream cheese, cheddar and onions together.

Spread into a baking dish greased with cooking spray. Top with crackers and bake at 350° for 15 minutes.

Top with bacon and mango/red pepper sauce.

Serve warm, with crackers.

Pizza with a Twist

I try to come up with different things to fix for dinner that my children will eat. I mean, you can only do so many things with hamburger or chicken that they will actually eat!  The other night I was making pigs in a blanket and only had a few hotdogs to use, so I thought I would mix it up some.  I used crescent rolls and cut them in half to make smaller rolls.  Then I used turkey and American cheese in a few, and pepperoni and cheese in the others.  My favorite would have to have been the pepperoni ones!  A co-worker of mine used to make them in rolled up biscuits.

Fast forward a few weeks, for my oldest daughter’s birthday. I usually do hotdogs because it is cheap and easy to fix. But like I said before, I’m trying different things. I decided on making the pepperoni rolls with biscuits… yea, um, not so smart!  I had to roll them out flat, cut them in half, stuff them, and roll them back up.  That’s just too much time and not enough hands!  My advice is, if you ever want to make them, just go the easy route and use crescent rolls.

Here is what you need for Pepperoni Rolls:

1 pkg small pepperoni

1 pkg shredded cheese

Crescent rolls – qty determined by how many you want to make

Divide out your crescent rolls on your baking sheet. Layer pepperoni then cheese and roll up as directed on package.  Bake in oven as directed on package.

Serve with dipping sauces like pizza sauce or ranch dressing.

Pepperoni Pizza Cresent Roll Ups
(Photo credit: bos-bowl.com)

How about a Pizza Ring:

This requires a round baking sheet/baking stone.

You will need the same ingredients as above but add in your favorite pizza toppings!

Pizza Sauce

Shredded Cheese

Ground beef

Sausage

Chopped Peppers

Etc.

Separate your crescent rolls and lay them out, overlapping corners around your baking sheet creating a circle.

Add your layers starting with a thin layer of pizza sauce, moving to meats, veggies, and finish with cheese.
*If using ground beef, only put about a spoon full of meat on each crescent roll.

Once all toppings are completed, fold the ends of the crescents over and tuck them so the filling is enclosed.

Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes making sure the crescent rolls are baked completely.

Enjoy!