We're all looking for ways to spend less time in the kitchen and more time visiting with friends and relatives this holiday season. With that in mind I recently tried a new appetizer which we all agreed as a great hit . . . flavorful, hot, delicious AND . . . it was extremely simple to prepare (I especially like that)!
. . . so here's what it is:
Asiago Cheese Mini Biscuits w/ marinara sauce
Pick up a chunk of Asiago cheese (if you like Asiago chess pick up a little more. If you dont' like it use another cheese like cheddar or parmesean).
I prepared a biscuit mix from Bisquick and used their garlic/cheese biscuit mix, but a standard mix works just as well if you're not real "hip" on garlic. I grated the whole chunk of Asiago cheese and folded about 1/2 of it into the biscuit mix before baking.
I rolled small biscuit balls about the size of a very large grape or small cherry tomato and sprinkled the biscuits on top with the remaining grated cheese before baking. Size should be "finger snackin' - size", not a full biscuit.
Baking was quick about 10 minutes and they come out hot and cheesy (which in this case is a good thing). Opened up a jar of marinara sauce and kicked it up a notch with some extra herbs like basil and some stewed crushed tomatoes and diced onion. WHAT A HIT!!! Warm, easy, tender, cheesy biscuits with spicy marinara sauce. Not high in fat and very flavorful. Asiago cheese is wonderful for flavor! Threw the biscuits in a basket lined with country gingham and Voila! You're good to go for snackers for the whole day. If any left-over biscuits, they go into the microwave real easy and any extra marinara sauce saves well covered and chilled. Plus it's something different. Kind of like cheesy bread sticks and marinara with a twist! I used one bowl, one spoon and one pan!