‘Tis the season to gather with friends and family for holiday cocktail parties! Bacon Spinach Blossoms with roasted red peppers and Italian cheeses are a festive holiday appetizer your Christmas guests will devour. I’m sharing the recipe today as part of a Holiday Cocktail Party with more than 40 other bloggers. You’ll find links to their sites at the end of this post so you can check out the amazing appetizers, cocktails/mocktails and desserts they’re sharing too.
My family’s Christmas traditions have changed over the years. When I was a kid, my family of six often had fondue as our special meal for Christmas Eve. Years later, when my nephews were small and the hot fondue oil was too dangerous, we started having steak and crab legs for our family Christmas gathering. Nowadays, though, it’s become our tradition to have a huge appetizer feast when we get together for my family’s Christmas celebration. Each adult brings an appetizer to share. We start with a few of the appetizers around 4 p.m. and keep rolling out new snacks throughout the evening. Someone always brings cheese and crackers (Mom!), but many of us break out new appetizer recipes to try.
My appetizer this year is going to be these delicious Bacon Spinach Blossoms. My younger brother who’s a very creative cook made ham and cheese pinwheels last year. I decided to give his recipe a festive twist by using roasted red pepper and spinach to make my Bacon Spinach Blossoms a red and green appetizer for Christmas. When I consulted him on my changes to his recipe, he gave me the brilliant suggestion of adding bacon into the cream cheese. When you try these yummy treats, you and your cocktail party guests will be as glad as I am that he thought of that!
- 8 oz. seamless crescent dough
- 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 12 oz. jar of roasted red peppers, chopped
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup Italian shredded cheese blend
- Roll out the crescent dough on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and crumbled bacon bits. Use a spatula to spread the cream cheese mixture in a thin layer across the crescent dough.
- Top with chopped roasted red peppers.
- Create a layer of baby spinach. No need to chop the baby spinach in advance. Just remove the stems.
- Sprinkle with Italian shredded cheese.
- Roll the crescent dough end-to-end lengthwise. Tuck the baby spinach leaves in as you go. Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Carefully cut the crescent dough roll into ½ inch slices with a sharp knife.
- Place the sliced Bacon Spinach Blossoms on a lightly greased cookie sheet a few inches apart.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
Tips for Making Bacon Spinach Blossoms
- When I consulted my younger brother about this recipe, he suggested I refrigerate the filled crescent dough roll for the Bacon Spinach Blossoms before I cut it so it would stay together better. Unfortunately, I couldn’t fit my cookie sheet in my side-by-side refrigerator. Instead, I actually put the filled roll for the Bacon Spinach Blossoms in my freezer for a half hour despite the clear DO NOT FREEZE warning on the side of the crescent roll package. The 30 minutes in the freezer didn’t cause any problems for me, but you definitely do not want to forget about the dough or freeze it longer than a half hour.
- If you use a dark or nonstick pan to bake the Bacon Spinach Blossoms, you may want to lower the temperature to 350 degrees.
- When you remove the Bacon Spinach Blossoms from the oven, let them stand for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet before you transfer them to a platter to serve to party guests. This will help the Bacon Spinach Blossoms to stay in tact.
Please take a look at all the blogs participating in this Holiday Cocktail Party!
Domestic Superhero – Just Us Four – The Blue Eyed Dove – Sweet Pea – Glued To My Crafts – Patricia Eales Nutrition – Lemons and Laughs – Cupcakes&Crowbars – Sowdering About – Vegetarian Gourmet – Yesterday on Tuesday – Mom Home Guide – My Craftily Ever After – The Love Nerds – One Krieger Chick – Kenarry: Ideas for the Home – A Dish of Daily Life
Cocktails & Mocktails
Desserts & Sweet Treats
Major Hoff Takes A Wife – This Is The Life I Have Chosen – Crazy for Crust – Sypsie Designs – DIYfaerie – Little Blog on the Homestead – Living Better Together – Laura’s INKlings – Life Made Sweeter – Tried & True – FrugElegance – Play. Party. Pin.
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