Bake-Off® Contest 43, 2008
San Diego, California

Blue Cheese and Red Onion Jam Crescent Thumbprints

Take pinwheel appetizers a step further when you add a savory topping.

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  • prep time 30 min
  • total time 50 min
  • ingredients 9
  • servings 32
 

Ingredients

1
package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2
cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 oz)*
1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
1/3
cup Fisher® Chef's Naturals® Chopped Pecans
1
teaspoon CRISCO® 100% Extra Virgin or Pure Olive Oil
1/3
cup finely chopped red onion
1
tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4
cup SMUCKER'S® Apricot Preserves
1/8
to 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

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Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix cream cheese and Gorgonzola cheese with fork until blended.
  • 2 Unroll dough; separate or cut into 2 rectangles, each about 11 inches long. Place 1 rectangle on cutting board; if using crescent dough, press perforations together to seal. Spread half of the cheese mixture over dough to within 1/2 inch of long sides; sprinkle half of the pecans evenly over cheese. Starting at 1 long side, roll up; press seam to seal. Cut roll into 16 (about 3/4-inch) slices with serrated knife; place cut sides down on ungreased large cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, cheese and pecans.
  • 3 Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in 8-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft and lightly brown. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar, preserves (breaking up large pieces of fruit if necessary) and thyme; set aside.
  • 5 After removing rolls from oven, immediately press back of a teaspoon into center of each roll to make small indentation. Spoon slightly less than 1/2 teaspoon onion jam into each indentation. Remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In small bowl, mix cream cheese and Gorgonzola cheese with fork until blended.
  • 2 Unroll dough; separate or cut into 2 rectangles, each about 11 inches long. Place 1 rectangle on cutting board; if using crescent dough, press perforations together to seal. Spread half of the cheese mixture over dough to within 1/2 inch of long sides; sprinkle half of the pecans evenly over cheese. Starting at 1 long side, roll up; press seam to seal. Cut roll into 16 (about 3/4-inch) slices with serrated knife; place cut sides down on ungreased large cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, cheese and pecans.
  • 3 Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 4 Meanwhile, in 8-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft and lightly brown. Remove from heat. Stir in vinegar, preserves (breaking up large pieces of fruit if necessary) and thyme; set aside.
  • 5 After removing rolls from oven, immediately press back of a teaspoon into center of each roll to make small indentation. Spoon slightly less than 1/2 teaspoon onion jam into each indentation. Remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

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*Gorgonzola is a creamy Italian blue cheese named after the town of its origin, but any type of blue cheese can be used in this recipe.

Nutritional information

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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
Calories
60
(
Calories from Fat
35),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4g
4%
(Saturated Fat
1 1/2g,
1 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
0mg
0%;
Sodium
90mg
90%;
Total Carbohydrate
5g
5%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
1g
1%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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