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Chicken Curry Peanut Crescent Pinwheels
Crescent Antipasto Bites
Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Crescent Tartlets
Crescent Wrapped Raspberry Gouda

(Family Features) - Make the holidays extra-special by baking a stellar lineup of sensational starters perfect for fun family gatherings, an inviting open house or a merry mixer.

These new appetizer recipes will help you entertain with ease while still impressing guests with tasty twists to familiar foods. For example, wrapped Brie can't be beat when it comes to popular party fare. Or, can it? Try the Crescent Wrapped Raspberry Gouda and decide for yourself. Add flair to some finger food favorites with Chicken Curry Peanut Crescent Pinwheels and Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Crescent Tartlets. And, delicious Crescent Antipasto Bites beautifully pairs popular restaurant antipasto ingredients with a tender Crescent dough crust.

One last reason to celebrate ... each recipe requires just 20 minutes of preparation. For more easy, yet impressive appetizers, visit www.Pillsbury.com.

Chicken Curry Peanut Crescent Pinwheels

Description
Offer guests unexpected party-ready pinwheels with savory Indian spice and flavor combinations.

Ingredients
  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated Crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) chunk white chicken breast in water, well drained
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons apricot preserves or mango chutney
  • 2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted peanuts
  • Additional chopped dry-roasted peanuts, if desired
  • Celery or cilantro leaves, if desired
  • Peanut sauce, if desired

Preparation
    1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray. If using dough sheet, unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles. If using crescent dough, unroll dough; separate into 4 rectangles and press perforations to seal.
    2. In small bowl, mix chicken, mayonnaise and curry. Stir in celery, preserves and 2 tablespoons peanuts; mix well. Spread about 2 tablespoons chicken mixture over each rectangle.
    3. Starting with one short side, roll up each rectangle; pinch edges to seal. With serrated knife, cut each roll into 6 slices; place cut side down on cookie sheet. Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Garnish each with additional peanuts and celery leaves. Serve warm with peanut sauce for dipping.

Preparation Time
20 Minutes

Start to Finish Time
40 Minutes

Serves
24 servings

Crescent Antipasto Bites

Description
Guests will be drawn to this colorful dish that's simply a flaky crust layered with familiar antipasto ingredients.

Ingredients
  • 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated Crescent dinner rolls or 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 jars (6 to 6 1/2 oz each) marinated artichoke hearts, well drained, chopped
  • 6 slices provolone cheese (from 8-oz package), diced
  • 4 oz thinly sliced Genoa salami (from deli), diced
  • 2 oz thinly sliced smoked ham (from deli), diced
  • 1/3 cup pimiento-stuffed olives, well drained, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (2 1/4 oz) sliced ripe olives, well drained
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper

Preparation
    1. Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough and place in an ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan; if using crescent dinner rolls, press perforations to seal. Press in bottom and up sides to form crust.
    2. Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
    3. In medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, lemon peel and garlic until smooth. Spread over crust. Sprinkle evenly with remaining ingredients. Cut into 16 squares; cut each square in half diagonally. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Preparation Time
20 Minutes

Start to Finish Time
1 Hour 10 Minutes

Serves
32 servings

Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Crescent Tartlets

Description
Here's a mouthwatering take on popular bacon-cheese tartlets. You can prep and assemble these up to two hours in advance, but be sure to serve them warm from the oven.

Ingredients
  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated Crescent dinner rolls
  • 1/3 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped prosciutto
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions, finely chopped (2 medium)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted chopped walnuts

Preparation
    1. Heat oven to 375°F. If using dough sheet, unroll dough on work surface; starting in center, press into 12x9-inch rectangle. If using crescent dough, unroll dough into 1 large rectangle on work surface. Press into 12x9-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
    2. Cut dough into 12 squares. Gently press squares into 12 ungreased mini muffin cups, shaping edges to form rims 1/4 inch above tops of muffin cups. If necessary, crumble larger pieces of cheese into finer crumbs. Spoon cheese evenly into dough-lined cups; top each with prosciutto. In small bowl, beat egg, cream and onions until blended. Spoon slightly less than 1 tablespoon mixture into each cup; sprinkle with walnuts.
    3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are golden brown and filling is set. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups.

Preparation Time
20 Minutes

Start to Finish Time
45 Minutes

Serves
12 servings

Crescent Wrapped Raspberry Gouda

Description
Talk about appetizer appeal! Serve this wrapped Gouda starter with festive fresh raspberries and apple slices.

Ingredients
  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations refrigerated seamless dough sheet or
  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated Crescent dinner rolls
  • 1 round (7 oz) Gouda cheese with wax coating
  • 1 tablespoon seedless raspberry preserves
  • 1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sliced almonds
  • Fresh raspberries and red apple slices, if desired

Preparation
    1. Heat oven to 350°F. If using dough sheet, unroll dough and cut crosswise into 2 rectangles. If using crescent dough, unroll dough and separate crosswise into 2 squares. Press perforations to seal.
    2. On ungreased cookie sheet, place 1 square. Place cheese on center of square. With small cookie or cutter, cut 1 shape from each corner of remaining square; set cutouts aside. Spread preserves on top of cheese; sprinkle with 1/4 cup almonds. Place remaining square on top of cheese; press dough evenly around cheese. Fold bottom edges over top edges, pressing to seal completely.
    3. Top with cutouts; brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon almonds. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes on cooling rack. Serve warm with raspberries and apple slices.

Preparation Time
20 Minutes

Start to Finish Time
1 Hour

Serves
12 servings

SOURCE: General Mills - Pillsbury



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