Spinach Artichoke Cups

Sorry, I don’t have a pic for this one, I was too busy to stop. I made these for my baby girl’s 2nd bday party (for the many adults) and they were delicious. Pretty easy to make especially if you remember to defrost the spinach early. If you want some pics of how they should look, head on over to the site I got the recipe from, they have a bunch.

1 (8 oz.) package softened cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
1/4 cup mayo
1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (14 oz.) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
2 tubes of crescent roll dough
shredded mozzarella (optional, though in my opinion completely necessary)
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly spray mini muffin tins with baking spray.

Combine the first six ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Here’s a tip for draining the spinach: place all of the thawed spinach in the center of a clean dishtowel, close the towel up with your hand and while holding over the sink, use your other hand to twist and squeeze until all of the water has been squeezed out.

Once you’ve combined the dip, set aside.
Roll your crescent roll dough out onto a large cutting board/work surface. Working with half of the dough at time (4 triangles), pinch all of the creases together so that you’re left with one big piece of dough.
Using a pizza slicer or a knife, cut the dough into 12 roughly even squares.

Don’t worry if they’re not perfect they’ll still turn out fine.
Press each of the dough squares into a mini muffin tin.
Then, using a teaspoon, fill each cup with the spinach artichoke mixture.
At this point, sprinkle each one with a little shredded mozzarella.

Then pop them in the oven for 12 minutes.

Wait a couple minutes until they’re cool enough to touch, then use a teaspoon to get them out of the cups and onto the plate of your choice.

Pinecone Cheeseball Appetizer


cheddar bacon ranch cheese ball
(makes 2 cheese balls)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 (8oz) packages of softened cream cheese
1 cup chopped bacon or real bacon bits
1 envelope hidden valley ranch dressing mix
1 cup chopped pecans
combine the first four ingredients and mix well. divide in half, round each side and cover with plastic wrap. place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. remove plastic wrap and roll in the chopped pecans until completely covered. tightly re-wrap with a new piece of plastic wrap.

This is the recipe I used to make the pinecone. Just minus the pecans and add almonds and fresh rosemary to your shopping list.