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Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers & Snacks

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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.
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Fiesta Appetizer Bites

  • 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)
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    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.
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Preparation Time
25 minutes

Cool Time
10 minutes

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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