Appetizers & Side Dishes

Pepperoni and Cheese 'Flowers'

Prep Time: 20 min  |  Cook Time: 20 min  |  Servings: 48 apps
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Pepperoni and Cheese 'Flowers'
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Servings
48 apps

These appetizers are delicious and beautiful. Use pepperoni slices to create “flowers” full of spinach, water chestnuts, Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Pizzeria and smooth cream cheese for a variety of flavors and textures in every morsel. Serve these at your next party and watch them quickly disappear!

Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) Sargento® Shredded 4 Cheese Pizzeria
  • 1 cup (4 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 box (10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 can (8 oz.) water chestnuts, finely diced (optional)
  • 144 slices (approx. 11. oz.) pepperoni
  • 1 jar (12 oz.) pizza sauce
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients except pepperoni and set aside. Place 1 piece pepperoni in bottom of each mini muffin cup; cut 2 more pepperoni pieces in half and place along inside to create a flower. Make sure pieces overlap. Add 1/2 Tbsp. filling to each cup.
  2. Bake 20 minutes or until top of cheese is slightly browned.
  3. Remove pan to oven rack and let set a few minutes before removing pepperoni flowers from pan. Using a spoon, remove to cooling rack covered with paper towels to drain. Repeat to use remaining pepperoni and filling.
  4. Serve with warmed pizza sauce.