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Crowd-Pleasing Appetizers and Snacks PDF Print E-mail
Written by San Fernando Valley Sun   
Thursday, 09 December 2010 03:50

(Family Features) With the holiday season right around the corner, no family get-together is complete without mouthwatering 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 inbetween 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

And try this delicious recipe from Hillshire Farm:

Fiesta Appetizer Bites
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 15 appetizer servings (3 wraps each)

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)

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.

Cut a thin slit partially through each sausage. Place one cheese strip inside slit of each sausage.

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.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until sausages are hot and cheese is melted. Serve with salsa if desired.

Cook's Tip: Save time by stacking tortillas before cutting into strips.

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