Fried Mozzarella Pepperoni Sticks

Every bite into an appetizer, roll your eyes, make that ‘ooooooh my’ sound and smile? That’s what we did when we took our first memorable bite of these fried mozzarella pepperoni sticks. The egg rolls are so crunchy and yummy. The cheese gets all yummy gooey. The pepperoni adds a bite of meaty spiciness. All dunked in warm marinara.

Fried Mozzarella Pepperoni Sticks

We both agree, we’ll probably not make something more delicious or as addicting as these fried mozzarella pepperoni sticks. Oh we could probably make some changes. Maybe use a different cheese. Use pizza sauce for dunking. But why? There’s no point at all messing with this level of perfection. Just make them and enjoy and don’t over-think them. They’re awesome!

Fried Mozzarella Pepperoni Sticks

Every bite into an appetizer, roll your eyes, make that ‘ooooooh my’ sound and smile? That’s what we did when we took our first memorable bite of these fried mozzarella pepperoni sticks.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 141kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 pieces string cheese I used mozzarella
  • 12 egg roll wrappers
  • 36 slices pepperoni
  • oil for frying
  • marinara sauce warmed

Instructions

  • Heat oil to 375 F in a deep fryer, Dutch oven or deep skillet.
  • Working in batches, place egg roll wrappers in front of you with one corner towards you and one pointing away from your. The others will point to your left and right, forming a diamond. The wrappers are rectangular so it won't be a perfect diamond, but close enough.
  • Place three pieces of pepperoni in the center of the wrapper, leaving about an inch between the pepperoni and the left and right points of the diamond.
  • Center a piece of cheese over the pepperoni.
  • Grab the bottom point of the wrapper and fold over the top of the cheese, then roll up until you get to the top point. Just before you roll that last inch brush the inside of the wrapper with water to help hold.
  • Fry the sticks in oil for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack-lined sheet pan to drain and cool slightly.
  • Serve with warmed marinara sauce for dipping.

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 376mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Crabmeat Stuffed Oyster Shells

Think crab cakes. Cooked and served in oyster shells, these are easy to make and fun to eat. I have a real problem containing myself around crab cakes, and these are no exception. Simple ingredients, nothing hides that great crab flavor. I really enjoyed my crabmeat stuffed oyster shells… except that I should’ve made more!

Crabmeat Stuffed Oyster Shells

I used stainless steel reusable oyster shells, which have quickly become my go-to servers for seafood and well, just about anything I can fit into them. Even though they go onto a grill or in the oven, they cool off quickly so you can handle them. Just pick them up and slurp them down, just like you were eating oysters. Fun!

Crabmeat Stuffed Oyster Shells

Think crab cakes. Cooked and served in oyster shells, these are easy to make and fun to eat. I have a real problem containing myself around crab cakes, and these are no exception.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 153kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup fresh lump crabmeat
  • 8 oyster shells
  • lemon sliced, for serving

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking or preheat an oven to 450 F.
  • Combine the cream cheese, garlic powder, Old Bay, paprika and breadcrumbs. Gently fold in the crab meat.
  • Divide the mixture between the shells (about 1/4 cup in each).
  • Grill or bake for 10 minutes. If using an oven, place the shells under the broiler and additional 2-3 minutes to brown.
  • Serve with lemon slices.

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 479mg | Potassium: 138mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 404IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Cedar Plank Potato Skins

If you’d ask me what my favorite bar foods are, I’d say wings and potato skins. I can sit and eat either or both for hours (proven!) with a cold beer (or two) and watch a game on the big screen. When I’m at home, I like to make cedar plank potato skins. They’re just as great as my bar favorite, but they have a twist. That hint of cedar aroma, a little taste. Different.

Cedar Plank Potato Skins

There’s one thing that can make a cedar planked potato skin less than stellar, and for me, that’s soft soggy potato skin. It needs to be just a bit crunchy. Don’t be afraid to bake your potatoes just a bit longer than you might normally for baked potatoes. Get that skin a bit crunchier. You’ll be happy you did.

Also try my grilled potato skins.

Cedar Plank Potato Skins

 When I’m at home, I like to make cedar plank potato skins. They’re just as great as my bar favorite, but they have a twist. That hint of cedar aroma, a little taste. Different.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 439kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 large Russet potatoes baked, cooled
  • vegetable oil
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 slices bacon cooked, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream for garnish
  • 1 green onion sliced, for garnish

Instructions

  • Soak a medium sized cedar plank in water for 30 minutes.
  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking at 400 F.
  • Poke a few holes in the potatoes using a knife. Lightly brush them with oil and season heavily with salt.
  • Grill for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until tender. Potatoes should reach at least 200 F internal temperature to be done. Remove and let cool slightly.
  • Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out enough of the insides so you leave 1/4"-1/2" thick around the sides and bottom. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Place the potatoes on the cedar plank and add the cheese and bacon. Grill for 5-10 minutes over indirect heat until the cheese has melted.
  • Garnish with sour cream and green onions and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 439kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 1600mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 421IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.