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Fiesta Appetizer Bites

(Family Features) - With the holiday season right around the corner, no family get-together is complete without mouth-watering appetizers and snack favorites like cocktail links.  Quick and easy to prepare, these crowd-pleasing appetizers and snacks can be found everywhere from cocktail parties to holiday tables across the country.

Popular with kids and adults alike, the classic cocktail links in a crock pot are always a hit at social gatherings and also make for the perfect solution for in-between meal cravings. While the traditional recipe includes a package of cocktail links, a can of chili sauce and a small jar of grape jelly, offer up a twist on the traditional holiday season staple by preparing cocktail links in a variety of ways. 

Recipe favorites

Here are a few ideas for preparing cocktail links.  For a protein snack or appetizer, use Hillshire Farm® Turkey Lit'l Smokies®, made with turkey and has 2/3 less fat*.

Wrapped up in:

  • Crescent rolls
  • Corn bread
  • Low-fat turkey bacon

Dipped in:

  • Barbeque sauce
  • Honey mustard 
  • Cheese sauce 
  • Asian flair barbeque sauce (made with diet cola, ketchup, soy sauce, ginger & garlic)

Simmered in:

  • Barbeque sauce & apricot jelly
  • Worcestershire, brown sugar & ketchup
  • Baked beans

Skewered with:

  • Your favorite veggies or fruit

For more great snack and appetizer recipes, visit www.GoMeat.com.

And try this delicious recipe from Hillshire Farm:

*Than regular smoked sausage based on USDA data for pork and beef smoked sausage.

Fiesta Appetizer Bites

Ingredients
  • 1 package Hillshire Farm Turkey Lit'l Smokies
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 ounces sliced Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, cut into 1/2" x 2" strips
  • 4 large (10-inch) flour tortillas, cut into 1" x 4" strips
  • Salsa (optional)

Preparation
    1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Open package of Hillshire Farm Turkey Lit'l Smokies and drain off any liquid. Combine chili powder and cumin in a small bowl; add sausages and toss to coat evenly.
    2. Cut a thin slit partially through each sausage. Place one cheese strip inside slit of each sausage.
    3. 3. Place filled sausage on one end of tortilla strip; roll up and secure with toothpick. Place wrapped sausage on a large, lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining sausages.
    4. 4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until sausages are hot and cheese is melted. Serve with salsa if desired.

Preparation Time
25 minutes

Cool Time
10 minutes

Serves
Makes 15 appetizer servings (3 wraps each)

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Cook's Tip: Save time by stacking tortillas before cutting into strips.

SOURCE: Hillshire Farm Lit'l Smokies


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