Pecan-Sweet Potato Appetizers

In a tasteful and tasty appetizer twist, pastry squares made of convenient refrigerated crescent dough are stuffed with sweet-potato slices and cheese filling, then baked to a golden brown.

  • prep time 45 min
  • total time 1 hr 10 min
  • ingredients 10
  • servings 8

Ingredients

1
small sweet potato (5 to 6 oz)
2
tablespoons sugar
1
tablespoon water
1/4
teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2
cup chopped pecans
1
tablespoon Crisco® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil
3/4
cup thinly sliced red onion (about 3 oz)
2
tablespoons apricot preserves
1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated garlic butter crescent dinner rolls (8 rolls)
1/2
cup crumbled blue cheese (2 oz)
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. Pierce potato with fork; place on microwavable paper towel in center of microwave. Microwave 3 to 4 minutes, turning once, until tender. Cover; let stand 10 minutes. Peel potato and cut crosswise into 8 (1/2-inch) slices. (Refrigerate any remaining potato for another use.)
  • 2 Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, heat sugar, water and red pepper to boiling over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat; gently stir in pecans until coated. Spread pecans on cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet; cool completely.
  • 3 Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, heat oil, onion and preserves over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender. Remove from heat.
  • 4 Unroll crescent dough; separate into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Cut each rectangle in half crosswise; press each piece into 4-inch square.
  • 5 On each dough square, place 1 potato slice, 1 rounded teaspoon onion mixture, 2 teaspoons cheese and 1 tablespoon pecans. Bring up 4 corners of dough over filling to center and twist at top. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 6 Bake 12 to 18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool 5 minutes. Serve warm.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Appetizer
    Calories
    190
    (
    Calories from Fat
    110),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    12g
    12%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    Trans Fat
    1g
    1%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    5mg
    5%;
    Sodium
    240mg
    240%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    18g
    18%
    (Dietary Fiber
    1g
    1%
      Sugars
    9g
    9%
    ),
    Protein
    3g
    3%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    70%;
    Vitamin C
    4%;
    Calcium
    6%;
    Iron
    4%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    1
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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