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Winter Party Recipes for Game Days & Movie Nights!

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When you think about it, winter time entertaining has a unique style all of its own. Who doesn’t like to huddle down with friends and family for a great afternoon of sports-fueled fun or a quiet evening of watching DVDs and one of our favorites, Oscar Night.

You can boost the fun at your next winter time bash with this easy appetizer recipe of bite-size hot Muffalettas along a couple of other irresistible snacks from local cookbook author Vickie Busby’s ,“In My Purse Cookbook”.  Check out the the recipe below….

Mini Hot Muffalettas

a Super Bowl Party Food Favorite

2 packages of large dinner rolls of your choice (we used Sara Lee® Classic White Dinner Rolls)

1/2 lb. sliced ham

1/3 lb. sliced salami

1/3 lb. sliced provolone cheese

1/3 lb. sliced mozzarella cheese

12 oz. jar (2 cups) Italian Olive Salad Mix (we found a premade muffaletta spread in the store! )

Take one package of the bread and cut the rolls in half horizontally. We pulled the individual dinner rolls apart first but you can just leave the bread whole – this is like a more traditional muffaletta loaf.  Now layer the ham, mozzarella, salami and provolone in this order on the bottom half of the bread. Spread your olive mix on top of the meats and cheeses.

Replace the top part of the rolls. (Cut through the individual rolls if you started out with whole pack). Repeat this with the second package of rolls. Place the muffaletta loafs in a baking pan or a cookie sheet (or the metal pan the rolls came from) and completely cover with heavy aluminum foil.

Place the covered muffalettas on the highest rank of your oven, leaving space for the heat to circulate between the two pans. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.

The recipe could also make a great appetizer. Check out the recipes below for other simple recipes from the “In My Purse” cookbook…

Extra Quick and Easy Appetizers

3 Wonderful Appetizers for a Winter Time Get-to-Gather with Friends

Tuna Jalapeno Poppers – Half and seed several large jalapeno peppers and stuff with your favorite tuna salad recipe.

Ranch Cheese Spread – In a bowl blend 3 oz. softened cream cheese with 1 oz. dry packet of Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing. Mix well. Serve with veggie slices, crackers, chips or thinly sliced bread.

Baked Shrimp – Place a dozen (or more) large peeled shrimp into a bowl with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper or seasoning salt. Toss to coat. Place shrimp on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until the shrimp is pink. Serve cocktail sauce.

You can find other quick and easy recipes inside the “In My Purse Cookbook”. This wonderful book is available through Mountain Made.

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