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The holiday party season is fast approaching. That means I need some new, scrumptious appetizer recipes. I’m that party planner that fears they won’t have enough food for hungry guests. I’m also one of those people at a party that loves to socialize more than eat, so mini morsels are my favorite. Offering a variety of finger foods for guests is ideal. No one feels they have to stop and sit down to eat a full plated meal. That’s where these Cheesy Taco Biscuit Bites come into the picture. They are super simple to make, delicious to nibble, all while never missing a step in the conversation.
More and more people are choosing to eat healthier and increase their plant based food intake. While I’m personally not a vegetarian, I always try to include all types of food for a holiday get together. I want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy a variety of good eats. MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™ fit the bill for this recipe.
This mixture of taco seasoning, baking mix, cheese, and MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™ transforms effortlessly into miniature flavor bombs. These crumbles contain 75% less fat than regular ground beef, and have 9 grams of protein. The ready to use crumbles are great for making tacos, adding into chili, or folding into your favorite spaghetti sauce. They are so versatile, I’m sure they can be incorporated into any of your favorite meal time recipes. Plus, what mom wouldn’t like the bonus of an added vegetable in any of her recipes?
Typically, I try to stock up on my favorite appetizer ingredients well in advance of the busy holiday season. In a pinch though, I have been known to also grab some pre-made, oven ready appetizers at my local Walmart. Call it being prepared just in case guests stop by and I need to whip up some quick snacks. You can find MorningStar Farms® products in the freezer section too.
Originally, I envisioned the bites to be similar to a sausage ball type appetizer, but after mixing the ingredients, I ended up improvising a bit. The mixture was so sticky! I had to lightly spray my hands with baking spray just to keep the batter from sticking to me instead of being in the bite size snack.
Once baked, the rounded balls spread into more of a biscuit shape, hence the name Cheesy Taco Biscuit Bites. That was perfectly ok, once I tasted them. Yum! They had a slightly fluffy texture from the baking mix so they weren’t too heavy or filling. They are a perfect party food.
MorningStar Farms® products aren’t only for vegetarians. I called my neighbors over to try my Cheesy Taco Biscuit Bites, and let them “Taste It To Believe It”. My taste testers didn’t even realize I used MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™ instead of beef. No joke. Paired with a basic dip of sour cream and salsa, these Cheesy Taco Biscuit Bites will be devoured by your party guests in no time flat.
What’s your favorite appetizer to make for holiday parties?
- 3 Cups baking mix
- 2 Cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 1 16.2 oz package of MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Crumbles™
- 1½ Cups of Milk
- Heat oven to 350ºF.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly grease bottom and sides of of baking sheet if you don 't have the parchment paper)
- In large bowl, stir together all dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Add crumbles into dry ingredients and stir to combine.
- Add milk slowly. Add about ½ Cup at a time while stirring mixture to form the cohesive mixture
- Once batter is mixed, use clean hands to shape mixture into 1-2 inch balls. Place balls on baking sheet.
- Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until brown.
- Service warm with sour cream and salsa on the side to dip.