Recipe: Pumpkin Patch Bites
This is a delicious recipe that my sister-in-law makes every year for her Halloween party! The original recipe came from Woman's Day magazine in 2008; however she has since changed it a bit. Adults and children both love these tasty morsels! They are perfect for little fingers to hold and yet flavorful enough for adults to crave!
You will need:
1 box (15 oz) refrigerated pie crusts
6 oz of Virginia Baked Ham
8 oz extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 large egg, lightly beaten
A 3 inch pumpkin shaped cookie cutter
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.
- On a flat, clean work surface, unroll the pie crust and cut each of the two crusts into 12 pumpkin shapes with the 3 inch pumpkin cookie cutter. Cut 24 rounds from the sliced ham and 24 rounds from the sliced cheese.
- Put 2 slices each of ham and cheese in the center of each of the 12 pumpkins.
- With a small brush, brush the beaten egg around the edges. Top with the remaining pumpkins pressing on the edges to seal.
- Using a spoon, make ridges on the pumpkins by pressing in a few places on top.
- With a small knife, pierce the ridges in a couple of places to vent.
- Place on prepared pan. Brush tops with beaten egg to help give a glossy glow. Bake 10 - 12 minutes until light golden. Let cool a couple of minutes before serving.
Here are a few of my own ideas on how to make these little delights even better! Try adding these appetizing combinations to your pumpkin-shaped pie crusts:
- Sliced mozzarella cheese, thin slices of tomato, spinach and a pesto spread.
- Sliced turkey breast, cheddar cheese, bacon and sliced tomato
- Melted brie cheese, thin apple slices and honey mustard
Also, consider using various cookie cutter shapes. Turkeys in November, Trees and Stars at the Holidays, Snowmen in January and Hearts in February! This is a delicious way to make a simple sandwich delicious and fun for children to enjoy!