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A delicious meat appetizer that comes with an edible cup made of crispy herbed cheese, perfect for March Madness.
By Dan George
Forget about boring pigs in a blanket or the usual chips and dip…let’s kick up your appetizers with these Cheese Crisp Meatball Shooters!
I’m talking about the perfect, bite-sized appetizer here. A two bite snack that combines a perfectly seasoned meatball with a tangy, havarti cheese cup.
You could serve a tray of these Cheese Crisp Meatball Shooters to your friends for your March Madness basketball party or set them out for a more upscale dinner party with friends. Either way your guests are going to go nuts for these.
Castello Herb & Spice Havarti cheese was the perfect choice for these cheese crisp cups, this brand of havarti cheese is already seasoned with herbs and spices so it was ready to go as is. Just grate the cheese, place in piles on parchment paper and bake. That’s it.
Try and not eat them all when they come out of the oven because they’re totally addictive as they are. But to turn these cheese crackers into “cups” I placed the cheese crisps over an upside down muffin tin while they were still warm and let them sit until they firmed up. It only takes a couple of minutes for them to set.
They can sit at room temperature while you get the sauce and meatballs ready to go.
You could definitely substitute your favorite jarred sauce if you want to take a short cut – no judgement here – but it only takes a few minutes to get going and you’ll also have plenty left to freeze or for dinner another night.
To make the meatballs, mix all the ingredients together…roll them into golf-ball sized balls and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Now all that’s left to do is assemble them and get them in your mouth! Just place a meatball inside your cheese cup and top with a spoon of sauce and some parmesan cheese.
The best party about this appetizer is that it doesn’t only look impressive but it tastes even better than it looks. The havarti cheese cups will be slightly chewy so you can actually take a bite without the whole cup falling apart. Win win there – you don’t want your guests covered in your marinara sauce.Print
Get creative with any of Castello’s uniquely crafted cheeses. Click here for a $1 off coupon to create your own gourmet masterpiece.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Dan started the web site Mantitlement as a way to learn how to cook for the first time from his wife, Christie. Christie has always been the primary cook in the household and Dan got used to having her three-course, restaurant quality meals for dinner every night. Well, it was time he learned how to do some cooking on his own, and that's how Mantitlement got started. Dan believes that everyone is entitled to having great food and drinks at home...and he can show you how to make them with his collection of recipes!