Mini Meatball Sliders

Mini Meatball Sliders on garlic breadsticks with spaghetti sauce and melted cheese are perfect for parties!

Meatball Sliders RecipeToday we are going for a high of 74 degrees, which is a temperature that we haven’t seen in Minnesota since October 11, 2013! What a winter it has been… that is 6 months of below 74 degree weather. With the warmer weather comes thoughts of summer entertaining. It is so much easier to have people over when the weather is nice. The kids can play outside and the windows can be open letting in the fresh air. I recently tried making a mini version of one of our favorite meals: meatball subs. These mini meatball sliders are the perfect sized finger food for parties!
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Philly Cheesesteak Bites Recipe

Philly Cheesesteak Bites are Pillsbury biscuits stuffed with meat, cheese, onions and peppers. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a new pizza rolls recipe, but they are something we still enjoy. My son even requested Cheese Bombs as part of his birthday dinner!

Philly Cheesesteak Bites The first time I ever tried a cheesesteak sandwich was while on vacation with my family on the east coast. My mom and dad, who were vacationing with us, brought us to a restaurant that made their favorite Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches. The sandwich shop was a very popular place with the line going out the door, but we waited for our sandwiches while chatting and enjoying the delicious smells coming from the kitchen. When we finally got our food, it was definitely worth the wait and I’ve loved cheesesteak sandwiches ever since!

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Cowboy Caviar Cups ~ An Easy Appetizer Recipe

This easy appetizer recipe for Cowboy Caviar, aka Southwest Black Bean salad, is fun to serve in little tortilla chip cups. This healthy dip has lots of protein and fiber!

Cowboy Caviar CupsA few years ago, while I was at the dentist in the waiting room during my kids’ appointments, I was visiting with the receptionist and she introduced me to Cowboy Caviar. She told me that she was bringing it to a family get together and I told her I had never heard of it. She explained that it was so easy to make and it could be used as a salad, a side dish, a snack or an appetizer. I asked her to write down the recipe and she told me that there isn’t really a recipe. She explained that everyone has their own way of making it but the base of most recipes is beans, corn, onions and tomatoes.

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Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels & The Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers Event

This easy appetizer recipe for Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels using Pillsbury® Crescents is perfect for sharing at parties!

Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels Appetizer RecipesThis year rather than having a full holiday dinner, my family is going to have appetizers. There will be about 50 people at the Christmas party so doing appetizers makes things more manageable. Plus, the kids have one goal in mind and that is to open the presents! I wanted to come up with a new appetizer to bring and I decided on Sriracha chicken pinwheels. But before I get into the recipe, I have something exciting to share with you!

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers event, with 15 amazing food bloggers, right here in Minnesota at  the General Mills World Headquarters. Everything about the experience was incredible, from our lovely host Jess Wangsness, to the meeting all of the bloggers (many of whom I “knew” online already but had never met in person), to the employees we interacted with at Pillsbury. I’ve always been a fan of General Mills products and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I love using Pillsbury Dough Products like I did in my very first recipe post for Easy Pepperoni Rolls back in March of 2011! After spending the day with Pillsbury, I am impressed with the people behind the products and their enthusiasm for the products they represent.

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Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites

This is the time of the year when everyone is looking for appetizer recipes for holiday parties. These Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites are delicious and easy to make.

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken BitesHave you jumped on the Sriracha bandwagon yet? I was a little late joining this craze. I didn’t even realize that this hot chili sauce was quickly making its way into everything from candy to potato chips until Christine told me about it. I wanted to try cooking with Sriracha and decided to make an appetizer that is perfect for holiday parties. I made these Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites using Gold’n Plump ® chicken and my family loved them!

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Slow Cooker Recipe For Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps

This slow cooker recipe for Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps was made using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap #CampbellsSkilledSaucers. Crock Pot Recipes make getting dinner on the table a little easier.

Sweet Korean Barbecue Lettuce Wraps #CampbellsSkilledSaucersWith all of the holiday dinners, party appetizers and Christmas dessert, we still need to have our meals during the week. Between shopping for gifts, baking, writing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts and spending time with family and friends, all of our “extra” time is full to the brim with fun. So, how do you find time for family meals? I often use my slow cooker to make an easy weeknight dinner. In fact, while I am writing this post about slow cooker recipes, tonight’s meal is in the Crock Pot!

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Progressive Dinner | Cheese Fondue Recipe & Corelle Giveaway

Today’s holiday dinner recipe is an easy appetizer. This cheese fondue recipe is kid-friendly.

Cheese Fondue RecipeI am so excited that our Holiday Progressive Dinner is finally here! If you didn’t see my invitation post earlier this week, the progressive dinner is a blog hop that involves 5 bloggers, 5 complete holiday meals, 35 recipes and 7 fantastic giveaways! For the first week, the menu item that I made was the appetizer. I decided to make Cheese Fondue that can be served with fresh veggies, apple slices and crusty cubes of bread.

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Spicy Cajun Dip For A Quick Chicken Dinner For Tweens

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Over the weekend, my tween and her friends enjoyed a quick chicken dinner while the adults went out for dinner. They had a few different dipping sauces for chicken and I am going to share the Spicy Cajun Dip with you.

Tyson Chicken Fries DinnerHave hungry tweens hanging around your home like I do? Kids love having their friends around and I was no different. My parents have always had an open door policy. Everyone is welcome to their home at any time. If they are home, the door is unlocked and people are always stopping by to chat or grab a cup of coffee. I come from a large family and there were times when we would have 15 extra kids staying the night at our house. Other times, 150 kids would come over for a bonfire.

So, when I got married and started having kids, one of the things that was important to me was that my kid’s friends would always be welcome in our home. That being said, as a mom it isn’t always easy having extra kids around. It means having extra patience, extra bedding, extra miles in the car, extra time spent on various things and of course, extra food because kids (boys and girls alike) love to eat! But as a trade off, we get to know our kid’s friends and develop lifelong relationships with them. Plus, it is important for kids to have a place to hang out. Some parents complain about not knowing where their kids are, what they are doing or who they are with. But at the same time, they don’t want everyone in THEIR house because it would be too loud, too messy or too complicated or because they have to work, clean their house or just want to relax. Welcome the loud, craziness of tweens and teens into your home and into your life. Visit with them, laugh with them and listen to what they have to share about what is going on in their life. All too quickly they will be grown up and things will be too quiet in your home!

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Sausage Pizza Balls Recipe

Sausage pizza balls are a fun way to stuff the goodness of a sausage pizza into a bite size snack! These quick appetizers are similar to easy pepperoni rolls because they start with a refrigerator biscuit but they have pizza sauce and string cheese in them!

Sausage Pizza Biscuit Balls

How many times do you think my family ate pizza last week? Well, I’m not actually sure that I have an accurate count because they eat a lot of meals away from home but I saw pizza consumed at least 3 times from Sunday through Saturday! Some of it was from a restaurant, some of it was frozen pizza and some was homemade pepperoni pizza. As you can see, we love pizza. Sausage pizza balls are just another way of making what we love. They can be an after school snack, an appetizer or part of a meal.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Balls Recipe

Pizza balls are easy to make for dinner, quick appetizers for a party or a delicious after school snack. A pizza ball is biscuit dough wrapped around pizza toppings. We’ve enjoyed easy pepperoni rolls and easy taco bites but lately we have been eating a lot of cheeseburgers. So, I just had to put the two together, add some bacon and make Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Balls!
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Balls

I made these bacon cheeseburger pizza balls with just the basic things you would find on a cheeseburger: meat, cheese and the lovely addition of bacon! Instead of adding onions, I put onion powder so my kids would like them. I like having tomatoes on my cheeseburgers so I might have to try putting them on next time I make these. Other toppings could include a piece of American cheese or even pepper jack cheese. I left the pickles on the outside to keep them cold and crunchy.

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Knockoff Old Chicago Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls Recipe

I always order Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls from Old Chicago so I made a copycat version so that I can have them at home! They are another way of making Pepperoni Pizza Balls but with bread dough instead of biscuits. The addition of pepper jack cheese makes them more spicy.

Last month, I made mini pepperoni loaves and now I tried pepperoni rolls.  They are a knockoff of Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls from Old Chicago.  I am the only person who craves those things?  After I made the mini rolls, I found out that one of the ingredients in the Old Chicago version was ranch dressing.  Now, the previous recipe was fantastic but I wanted to try them with the addition of ranch dressing.  I started out with one loaf of bread dough that had been thawed and allowed to rise.  One loaf made 12 pepperoni rolls.

I cut off pieces of dough and flattened them into a long, skinny rectangle on a greased cutting board.  I spread ranch dressing on the dough and topped it with pepperoni, a slice of pepper jack cheese, shredded marble jack cheese.  Then, I sprinkled on garlic powder, dried onions (Old Chicago uses green onions but my family wouldn’t like that) and pizza seasoning.

Roll up the rectangles and pinch one end to seal in the toppings.

Place the rolls pinched side down in a grease muffin tin and press down on the top to flatten them a bit and make them fill up the cup a little more.  Brush the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pizza seasoning.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Serve with pizza sauce.

 Once again, they were fantastic!

Old Chicago Copycat Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls

 By The Gunny Sack
1 Loaf Frozen Bread Dough
Ranch Dressing
Pepper Jack Cheese Slices
Shredded Marble Jack Cheese
Garlic Powder
Dried Onion (or chopped green onions)
Pizza Seasoning
Parmesan Cheese
Pizza Sauce

Thaw and raise one loaf of frozen bread dough.  Cut off a piece of dough and flatten into a long rectangle on a greased surface.  Spread on ranch dressing.  Top with pepperoni, pepper jack cheese and shredded marble jack.  Sprinkle with garlic powder, dried onion (or chopped green onions) and pizza seasoning.   Roll up rectangle and pinch one end to hold in toppings.  Place in a greased muffin tin, pinched end down and press down on roll.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle on Parmesan and pizza seasoning.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with pizza sauce

Looking for more copycat recipes?

Copycat Applebee’s Pizza Sticks

Applebee’s used to have a pizza sticks appetizer and when I was dating my husband, we love ordering them. Unfortunately, it is no longer on their menu so we usually order mozzarella sticks but I came up with a simple copycat recipe for the pizza sticks so we can enjoy them at home!

After school snacks were always a big deal when I was a kid and I wish I were as good as my mom about making them for my kids. They usually end up grabbing something premade and prepackaged but every once in awhile I make them something homemade and they really appreciate it.

Thaw and raise a loaf of frozen bread dough.
Grease a jelly roll pan very well.  This will not only keep the sticks for sticking but will help the bottoms get nice and crispy.  Then, spread the dough out in the pan and cut the into sticks.
Brush the top of the sticks with melted butter and top with pepperoni, shredded cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning.
Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
Cut the pizza sticks again, if needed, and serve with pizza sauce. These pizza sticks would make a great after school snack or an appetizer!!  Have you ever made something you enjoyed that was removed from a restaurant’s menu?
Copycat Applebee's Pizza Sticks


  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough
  • Melted Butter
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Garlic Powder
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Pizza Sauce


  1. Thaw and raise a loaf of frozen bread dough.
  2. Spread the dough out into a well greased jelly roll pan and cut the into sticks.
  3. Brush the top of the sticks with melted butter
  4. Top with pepperoni, shredded cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Cut the pizza sticks again, if needed, and serve with pizza sauce.
Looking for more copycat recipes?

Easy Pepperoni Rolls

Easy pepperoni pizza rolls are a great appetizer! Whether you make these pizza balls with biscuits or crescent rolls they are sure to be a family favorite. Moms like them because they are easy to make and kids will like them because they are bite sized pizzas!

Easy Pepperoni Pizza Balls Rolls

Every time I make Easy Pepperoni Rolls I get rave reviews They are super easy to make and are a great snack or appetizer. These pizza balls are Pillsbury biscuits filled with pepperoni and cheese.

The Gunny Sack Pizza Balls

3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits per can)
56 pepperoni slices
Block of cheese (I use Colby & Monterey Jack)
1 beaten egg
Italian seasoning
Garlic powder
1 jar pizza sauce

Cheese for Pizza Balls
Cut the block of cheese into at least 28 squares.

Pepperoni for Pizza Balls
Flatten a biscuit out and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.

How To Make Pizza Balls
Gather up the edges of the biscuit.

Pizza Balls Bundle
Now you have a cute little bundle.

Pepperoni Pizza Rolls
Line the rolls up (seam side down) in a greased 9×13 in. pan.  Brush with beaten egg.  Sprinkle with Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.  Bake at 425°F for 18-20 minutes.

Pizza Rolls Balls
Serve the rolls with warm pizza sauce for dipping.  This recipe is adapted from one I received from my sister Tracy.
**There are been a couple of questions about freezing/reheating these pepperoni rolls.  I’ve never tried it but I would love to hear if it works for you!

Easy Pepperoni Rolls


  • 3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits per can)
  • 56 pepperoni slices
  • Block of cheese (I use Colby & Monterey Jack)
  • 1 beaten egg
  • Parmesan
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 jar pizza sauce


  1. Cut the block of cheese into at least 28 squares.
  2. Flatten a biscuit out and stack pepperoni and cheese on top.
  3. Gather up the edges of the biscuit.
  4. Line the rolls up (seam side down) in a greased 9×13 in. pan.
  5. Brush with beaten egg.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan, Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  7. Bake at 425°F for 18-20 minutes.
  8. Serve the rolls with warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Can’t get enough pizza rolls? Try making these recipes:

One of The Gunny Sack’s readers with the user name of “M” was kind enough to share a recipe that Pillsbury has on their website that is similar to this one that I posted. It is called a Pizza Biscuit Wreath and you can check it out here!