Ham and Cheese Crescents

These delicious Ham and Cheese Crescents are hot in ready no time - perfect for a gathering of hungry young people, a quick bite after soccer practice, or a football party.By contributing writer Beth

These delicious Ham and Cheese Crescents are hot in ready no time – perfect for an impromptu gathering of hungry young people. They are great for a quick bite after soccer practice or a crowd-pleasing addition to your football party. Adults and kids will love the sweet, smokiness of the ham combined with the saltiness of the cheddar cheese.

My favorite part is the seasoned mayo. Oh my goodness! I could just slather this garlic and onion goodness on every single sandwich I make. Try it with red onions or even green onions. You could also get crazy and mix in Sriracha sauce or wasabi to spice it up a little or a lot. You can thank me later.

Here’s a tip you’ll want to remember. Keep the crescent roll dough chilled until you’re ready to use it. It softens very quickly and can become difficult to work with if left at room temperature for too long.

Here are a few add-ins that you could roll in for fun and flavor:

  • mushrooms
  • olives
  • red pepper flakes
  • diced bell peppers
  • sliced jalapenos
  • diced tomatoes
  • pickle slices
  • relish
  • feta cheese
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • spinach

I like to serve these with carrots, celery sticks, or grapes for a more balanced snack time.

You could definitely cut this recipe in half for a smaller crowd. I’m always surrounded by my own personal tribe of kiddos, so this serving size of 8 is perfect for our family.

These delicious Ham and Cheese Crescents are hot in ready no time - perfect for an impromptu gathering of hungry young people.

Ham and Cheese Crescents
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced
  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 2 packages refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 6 ounces ham slices
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375° F and line 2 baking sheets.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, onion, and garlic.
  3. Roll out one package of dough separating it into the pre-cut triangles.
  4. Spread a small spoonful of the mayonnaise mixture on each triangle, add 1 slice of ham, and ½ slice of cheese.
  5. Roll up each triangle and place on lined baking sheet.
  6. Repeat with the other roll of dough.
  7. Bake at 375° F for 9 - 11 minutes until light golden brown. Remove from oven, plate, and serve warm.

 

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Prosciutto & Arugula Grilled Pizza

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Have I ever told you how much I love pizza? I could eat it every single day. My favorite local pizza place bakes their pizza in a wood fired oven. After trying many different recipes, I’ve found the best way to get that wood fired taste at home is to grill your pizza.

When Bertolli asked for summer grilling inspiration I knew I had to try to recreate one of my favorite pizzas from our local pizza place.

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Bertolli sauce tastes great with pasta (we go through at least two jars a week), but even better on grilled pizza. It is also frequently on sale at Publix, where I usually shop.

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For this pizza, I decided to use Bertolli Tomato & Basil sauce. The tomato basil sauce has such a fresh taste, I find myself craving it, especially during the summer months.

Side note: Another awesome way to use this sauce is with spiralized zucchini. I bake the zucchini, tomato basil sauce topped with sliced buffalo mozzarella for about 15 minutes in a 350 degree oven. SOOOO good!

Back to the pizza…. this prosciutto and arugula pizza is a great light summer appetizer or meal. The key to making this pizza taste amazing is not over cooking the prosciutto. However, it’s easy to bake this perfectly on the grill.

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Now, I know what some of you are thinking. Arugula on pizza??? Trust me, this pizza is so good you don’t want to skip the greens!

Prosciutto & Mozzarella Grilled Pizza
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Pizza dough
  • Bertolli Tomato & Basil sauce
  • Fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Prosciutto
  • Arugula
  • Cherry tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Fire up your grill.
  2. Roll out your pizza dough into personal pan size servings.
  3. Spray nonstick spray on your grill. (don't skip this step!)
  4. When grill is hot (450 degrees) place the rolled dough on the grill.
  5. Do not walk away from your grill!
  6. In two to three minutes flip the pizza.
  7. Grill another two minutes.
  8. Remove pizza from the grill.
  9. Add sauce, sliced mozzarella, and prosciutto slices.
  10. Grill another 2 minutes.
  11. Remove from the grill and top with arugula and sliced cherry tomatoes.
  12. Serve immediately.

Make sure you roll the dough out thin. The thinner the better on the grill!

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Flip the dough after 2-3 minutes. You will know it’s ready to flip when it starts to smell like a pizza place.

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Look at those fabulous grill marks!! At this point my mouth is watering and I’m having trouble waiting another 7 minutes for the pizza to be done.

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Remove the grilled dough from the grill and add Bertolli sauce, sliced mozzarella, and prosciutto. Grill for another 3-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Remove from the grill and top with arugula and tomatoes.

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Slice, serve and enjoy.

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This pizza is quickly becoming my favorite food. In fact, the day I made it we were eating dinner with friends and they make almost the exact same pizza at home. I guess arugula on pizza is becoming a “thing.”

This pizza makes a great appetizer (cut up in smaller slices) or eat the entire thing yourself for lunch.

Enjoy!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (Dairy Free)

This dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream never lasts long, and no one ever figures out there are healthy ingredients within!By contributing writer Tessa

We have been making this version of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for a couple of years now. While the green color is totally not necessary, we decided to get that fun hue naturally with plants! The spinach is never tasted and adds a nice mellow green hue. The batch never lasts long, and no one ever figures out there are healthy ingredients within!

Even though we do not have to be dairy free all the time now, we still love ice cream made with full fat coconut milk. It’s ultra creamy. Our favorite brand with no gums is Savoy Coconut Cream. We purchase it at our local Asian market for $2 per can. You are welcome to use dairy cream in place of the coconut milk.

This dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream never lasts long, and no one ever figures out there are healthy ingredients within!

Dairy-Free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cans full fat coconut milk
  • 1 Haas avocado, flesh removed
  • 1 large handful spinach (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract, to taste
  • ½ cup mild honey
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin, softened in 3 tablespoons water
  • ½ - 1 cup chopped dark chocolate
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except for the chocolate to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more peppermint or sweetener if you like.
  2. Pour mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer's directions.
  3. When firm, stir the chocolate pieces in by hand.
  4. Serve immediately, or store in freezer for later.
  5. If frozen, leave on counter to soften for 20 minutes before serving.
Notes
You may substitute equal amounts half and half and cream for the coconut milk.
The spinach is for green color and can not be tasted.
I use a few drops peppermint essential oil instead of peppermint extract.
The gelatin helps to keep the ice cream soft.

This dairy-free Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream never lasts long, and no one ever figures out there are healthy ingredients within!

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Patriotic Parfait

This patriotic parfait is a great addition to your 4th of July party. You can make it ahead of time and store in the fridge.

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The recipe below makes two parfaits.

Patriotic Parfait
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • (2) boxes of red jello (I used raspberry, but cherry and black cherry work well too)
  • (2) boxes of white chocolate pudding
  • (4) cups of cold milk (do not use soy as it will not set)
  • Whipped cream (or you can top with fresh blueberries)
Instructions
  1. Prepare your jello according to directions.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Lightly spray the inside of your parfait glass with vegetable oil.
  4. Pour in ¾-1 cup of jello (depending on what size dish you have) into each of your parfait dishes. Place in fridge for at least an hour, or until firm.
  5. Prepare your pudding according to directions.
  6. Immediately pour in ¾-1 cup of pudding into each parfait glass.
  7. Allow to set for at least 2 hours.
  8. Pour in red jello.
  9. Let set for another hour.
  10. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and serve!

Add the pudding to the top of your first layer that has already set in the fridge.

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Add your last layer of red jello. So pretty!

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