Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Monte Cristo Poppers

Crispy dough balls are stuffed with turkey, ham, Swiss cheese, cheddar cheese, then sprinkled with powdered sugar, and dunked in raspberry preserves. All the greatness of a Monte Cristo sandwich in a snack size!

We always end up at a Super Bowl party (though I belong more with the we're-just-here-for-the-food folks!) and I am already thinking about what tasty snacks I'll be bringing. My husband is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan and though they had a great season, unfortunately we won't be rooting them on the first Sunday in February. On the upside, that means the game won't be near as stressful to watch this year! I've gotten in the habit of bringing these poppers to Super Bowl parties. They usually aren't similar to any other dish brought and they disappear in a flash!

Making them is easy but does take a bit of time. You're frying them (I never said they were healthy!) and since they cook quickly, I find it easier to go ahead and prep them all and then fry them in batches. Trying to stuff some while frying others has not gone over well for me in the past. The dough will stretch quite well so keep stuffing until you can't stuff anymore!

Note: unless you need a full pound of meat/cheese, let the deli counter just sell you the 1/2 lb - plus you can have them cut it very thin!

 Monte Cristo Poppers
1 8-count package of flaky biscuits
1/2 lb deli ham, thinly sliced
1/2 lb deli turkey, thinly sliced
1/2 lb Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
1/2 lb cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
powdered sugar, for dusting
raspberry preserves, for serving
vegetable oil, for frying

Using the palm of your hand, flatten out a biscuit and then cut it into 4 pieces. Flatten each piece into a small circle. Repeat with remaining biscuits until you have 32 pieces.

Stack a few slices of both meats and both cheeses and tightly roll it together. Cut the roll into smaller pieces and place each piece in the center of a dough circle. Wrap the dough around the rolled up meat/cheese until it's completely sealed. Repeat with the remaining ingredients until all 32 pieces are stuffed and sealed.

In a large, heavy bottomed pot, add enough oil for it to be around 2 inches deep. Heat to 350 degrees and then add the poppers, a few at a time, and fry until they are browned all over. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Repeat until all poppers are fried.

Serve warm with raspberry preserves for dipping.

Source: adapted from Oh Bite It

To help prepare for your Super Bowl parties, I've teamed up with my football blogger friends for one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant game day recipe ideas! We've made appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even drinks!

Note: This post is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by the National Football League (NFL) or any of its teams. All opinions and views expressed on our blogs are our own, not that of the NFL and/or any of its 32 teams. Any team names, logos, or other symbols referenced are properties of their respective organizations. We are just big fans - and we want to share our love for our teams, the game, and the food that brings us all together on game day.

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