Cheese Bites

 

The Winter Olympics are coming and if you are like me you will be watching them on television. Downhill skiing is one of my favorite sports, watching the speed and gracefulness of the racers makes me feel the “whoosh” of the slopes. So offer something different to munch on while watching sporting events, movie night or any other occasion.

One of my favorite snacks are Cheese Bites. If you have no idea what I am talking about then you are missing out on something yummy. Now, these are not quite the same but very close and very easy. I love to make these for appetizers because they are so different and unique. The surprise is a burst of cheddar cheese and red pepper melting in your mouth. For whatever reason your hand just can’t resist grabbing another one or two. I have served them with a bit of peppered jelly for an added kick. Pretty, easy and guaranteed to take the chill out of watching the Olympics !

Ingredients

  • 1 (9-inch) refrigerated piecrust
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of cold water

Directions

Mix piecrust, cheese, and red pepper in the food processor and pulse processor for one minute. With processor running slowly add water until dough begins to form a ball. Remove, cover and chill in refrigerator for one hour.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork dipped in flour. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cool on wire racks. Yield 3 dozen

About Michele (the Author)

Growing up in Vicksburg, MS, Michele experienced a wonderful culinary experience, from seafood to ethnic foods, Lebanese and Greek! Married to John, we have two sons who have kept me busy in the kitchen. Hence, my need for good, quick food. After taking a few cooking courses, I love the learning process with tips and recipes from friends and family members. I have contributed and help produce several cookbooks for volunteer organizations. My second love is gardening which plays into my love of cooking. Nothing is better than fresh herbs used in recipes. My favorite hobby is baking, and sampling the yummy treats, they go hand in hand. Which contributes to me still being an avid fast walker, love of the outdoors and gardening, and I still carry Sting-Kill with me everywhere!