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neighborhood bunco appetizer

I hate to always brag, but I live in the greatest neighborhood. Oh, how I do love and appreciate my neighbors!

neighborhood

Along with our Amazing Progressive Dinner Parties, we have fun monthly Bunco nights. Unfortunately, I’m only make it a couple times a year, since they usually fall on a night that I’m working at Les Gourmettes Cooking School.

Happily, I was able to attend last week. It was so nice catching up with everyone after the long hot summer. NOT that the Long Hot Summer is anywhere near over, but families are back in town and the kids are back in school, so that “summer” is over.

Players bring an appetizer, salad, dessert, or drink to share. I brought these tasty little treats.

pepperoni pizza skewers

By the way – did you know that string cheese freezes great? It doesn’t change texture at all.

stringcheesesticks

I suppose that proves it’s not exactly real cheese, but it sure did come in handy when I pulled what I had left, from some that I had bought for Connor, out of the freezer.

cheesy chicken pepperoni sticks

Chicken & Pepperoni Pizza Skewers

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 mozzarella string cheese sticks
1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes
5 ounce package large pepperoni slices
40 to 45 small basil leaves
1/2 cup purchased marinara sauce
Basil sprigs, for garnish

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.

Cut the chicken into small strips that will fit atop the pepperoni slice. (see below)

cut each into 12 pieces

Cut each cheese stick into thirds and then cut each third into four pieces, for a total of 12 narrow strips from each cheese stick.

Slice the sun-dried tomatoes into thin strips.

assemble

Place a strip of chicken, a strip of cheeses, and a strip of sun-dried tomato on each slice of pepperoni. Place a basil leaf on top.

foil lined pan

Roll the pepperoni in half and poke skewer through to close. Lay on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. While the skewers bake, heat a small bowl of marinara sauce on the stove or in the microwave.

transfer to paper towels

Remove immediately (or the the melted cheese will start to stick to the foil) and drain on paper towels.

blot off the grease

Leave on paper towels just long enough to blot off the grease before transferring to a platter. Garnish with basil sprigs.

pepperoni party platter

Serve warm, with heated marinara for dipping.

Makes about 40


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