October 05, 2015

In the world of finger foods, anything cheesy gets my vote! These Cheesy Sausage Roll-Ups are especially fun.

 

Here are six more all-time faves that satisfy in that dreamy way only creamy, milky, gooey, salty cheese can do.

Loaded with cream cheese, bacon, and cheddar, Grilled Stuffed Jalapeños are a creamy-spicy guaranteed hit. No grill, or no desire to crank up the fire? Cook on a grill pan, or blast in the oven under the broiler. Can't handle the heat? Stuff the filling into mini sweet peppers instead of jalapeños, or use a combination of hot and sweet peppers.

Photo: Jennifer Causey Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

Potato Gruyère Tartlets are an impressive party snack that begin with store-bought puff pastry for layers of flaky goodness. Add onto that base some tender potato slices and nutty Gruyère cheese, and you've got yourself a rather irresistible combo.

Oh, the delight of dunking crunchy breaded mozzarella into a little bucket of marinara sauce! You don't have to give up this indulgence; just approach it in a lighter way by baking instead of frying. Baked Mozzarella Bites do just that, and they take less than 20 minutes to make.

Radish and Arugula Crostini with Brie is a gorgeous offering that takes a fresher approach. Still, underneath the crisp snap of peppery produce is a decadent layer of rich, buttery Brie cheese.

How about a two-bite nosh that features three—yes, three!—cheeses? Phyllo Cups with Ricotta, Chèvre, and Thyme are warm, creamy, and lightly herby.

Finally, behold the deliciousness that is Caramelized Onion, Gruyère, and Bacon Spread—a warm, indulgent hit of buttery Gruyère matched by smoky bacon. Spread onto crackers or crostini, and then weep from joy!

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