All you need is:
a tube of crescent dough
four slices of string cheese (cut in half)
your favorite pepperoni
some pizza or spaghetti sauce for dipping.
I got this idea from Steph over at the Plain Chicken blog. I was rather concerned the string cheese might not melt in the short amount of cooking time, so I took the advice from one of the commenters and instead of using cold cheese right from the fridge, I popped the string cheese in the microwave for 10 seconds at a time until the cheese was warm and soft to the touch BEFORE I placed it in the crescents.
|Warm to the touch but still holding their shape.. just barely|
Then I just placed the pepperoni slices (about 4-5) down first, added the cheese and rolled them up.
One package of 8 crescent rolls makes 8 pepperoni roll ups. I made sure to pinch and seal off the ends a little bit, so the cheese wouldn't just melt out the sides of the roll ups.
|There were options in the original recipe to add seasonings or garlic powder, I just made these plain.|
After that bake at 375º for 13 minutes (or package directions). I knew with the silpat mat they probably wouldn't burn on the bottom and I wanted to make sure that cheese had time to melt, so I made sure they were extra golden brown and cooked them an extra 2-3 minutes over the package directions.
|golden brown and ooey gooey|
They actually smelled pretty great and the cheese did indeed melt!
|Crescent close up cam|
After that I heated up some spaghetti sauce/pizza sauce to use for a dip. This sort of makes this a much easier version of a mini Stromboli dinner. The kids really liked this one and dipping made it even more fun.
|Pepperoni bites were a big hit with our group!|
I was also thinking this would make a great game day appetizer if you cut the crescents in half (like you would for little smokies) and roll them up with 1/4 of the string cheese stick and half the pepperoni. Throw a big bowl o' dipping sauce in the middle and you'd have yourself a winner. I'm sure they'd fly right off your party platter.