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Finger Foods

Make room on your plates for these yummy treats this holiday season

December is the perfect time of year for gathering with friends and family, and for me that always means having plenty of nibbles on hand. I love serving (and eating) appetizers. Everyone gets to taste a variety of dishes, and you don’t need to worry about overfilling your plate.

Jalapeño Popper Bites

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup chopped jalapeño peppers
1/3 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Pinch ground cayenne pepper (optional)
30 phyllo shells
Pickled jalapeño slices, for garnish

Cook’s tip For a vegetarian option, the bacon can be left out.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a bowl, combine cream cheese, cheddar, chopped jalapeños, bacon, salt and cayenne until smooth and uniformly mixed.

3. Use two spoons or a small cookie scoop to divide mixture among phyllo shells. Place filled shells on a rimmed baking sheet and bake 10 minutes, until shells are crisp and filling is just starting to brown.

4. Let cool slightly and top each shell with a slice of pickled jalapeño. Serve warm.

Makes 30 poppers.

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