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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Smoked Turkey Bites

These smoked turkey rolls are not your usual appetizer. The layers of flavor will have your guests bombarding you with questions as to what is in there. They are smoky, slightly spicy and sweet, with a savory tang from the capers and worcestershire, combined with the mellow richness of cream cheese.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 pound shaved smoked turkey deli meat
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup minced sweet onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon small capers, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper jelly
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 loaf of bread
1/4 cup (about) grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a shallow baking sheet with nonstick foil.

Place melted butter in a shallow dish for dipping.

Coarsely chop the shaved smoked turkey and place in a medium bowl. Add cream cheese, sweet onion, mayonnaise, capers, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper jelly, and mustard. Using a large fork, stir and mash until thoroughly combined.

Trim crusts from the bread. Place 6 slices at a time between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Roll flat to 1/8th-inch thickness with a rolling pin or a tall water glass.

Spread each slice with the smoked turkey mixture. Roll into a cigar-shape. Dip each into the melted butter, and place seam-side down on prepared pan. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Serve as whole rolls or cut in half for bite-sized pieces for appetizer.

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