Good Day Alabama: Easy Holiday Appetizer

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Festive Cocktail Nibble

Easy to make & cute as a Pilgrim’s button.
Guests will gobble up these tasty little appetizers for sure.

Assemble the savory-sweet little gems ahead of time…
An effortless moments notice nibble.

Pop in the oven for 15 minutes & serve with a cocktail favorite.

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickHot Pepper Jelly-Blue Cheese Hand Pies
makes 15 cocktail nibbles

Double or triple the recipe to serve a larger crowd.

1/2 {15-oz} package refrigerated piecrust
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 Tbsp hot pepper jelly
2 Tbsp finely chopped, toasted pecans
2 Tbsp crumbled blue cheese
Freshly ground pepper

Allow the piecrust to stand at room temperature in the wrapper for about 15 minutes.

Unroll the piecrust on a cutting board.
Cut 2-inch circles & gather the remaining dough.

Roll the dough scraps to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut 2-inch circles.
Repeat until you have 30 circles of dough.

Lightly beat the egg with a dribble of water.
Brush one dough circle with the egg mixture.
Top with a scant 1/2 tsp of the pepper jelly, 1/4 tsp of pecans & a few blue cheese crumbs.

do not overfill the centers of the pastry 
or you will not be able to contain the ingredients in the pastry to seal
it doesn’t look like much but it’s plenty enough & very tasty

Cut the center from a second dough circle using a drinking straw.
Place on the top of the filled pasty round.
Pinch the edges with your fingers to seal.

Using your thumb & index finger,
spin the pastry around & pinch the edges forming 5 or 6 points.

Place on a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan.
Brush the top with egg wash.
Repeat the procedure with the remaining dough circles & ingredients.

you may have a little of the filling items remaining
it’s better to have a teaspoon extra than not enough

Chill the pastry bites at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days ahead of time before baking.

Bake the pastry bites at 425 degrees for 12 to 16 minutes
or until golden brown & the filling is bubbly in the center.

Cool 10 minutes.
Serve warm or at room temperature with your favorite wine or cocktail.

The Freezing Instructions

Prepare & chill the pastry bites for 30 minutes.
Transfer the pan to the freezer & freeze uncovered for 4 hours.
Place the bites in a zip-top bag. Freeze up to 1 month.
Bake as directed.

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The 411

Brushing the egg wash all over the bottom circle saves time.
No jockeying with the edges & having a pastry brush filled with preserves.

Pick up the filled bottom circle & add the top in your hands…
you’ll have better control.

Press the edges, lickety-split.
Twist & pinch for that pretty photo finish.

Conversely, fork tines make a beautiful edge as well.
Be creative & put your own special touch on the pies.


Holiday Entertaining
Sometimes you just don’t have a minute to spare…
enjoy the same flavors in the hand pies with this so-simple idea

rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickQuick Hot Pepper Jelly-Blue Cheese Appetizer
makes 8 servings

Spoon hot pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese.
Sprinkle with blue cheese crumbles & chopped toasted nuts.
Serve with crackers.

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