Get Ready for the Super Bowl with My Pepperoni Rolls Recipe!

Super Bowl is just a week away.  That means it’s time to start thinking about appetizers for the game day of all game days!!!  Here’s one that I made recently that is easy to put together and quick to bake.

Check out my recipe for a Pepperoni Roll!  This recipe will make one roll, so buy extra ingredients if you want to make more than one!  One roll will yield about 6 slices.

Delicious Pepperoni Rolls!


  • 1 Pillsbury Crescent Recipe Creations Seamless Dough Sheet.
  • 12 large slices of pepperoni (I believe they are considered “sandwich-size”)
  • 1 bag (8oz) Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Unroll your dough sheet.
  • Lay up your pepperoni side by side to cover the dough.
  • Top with a layer of mozzarella cheese (I used about 2/3 of the 8 oz bag).
  • Start on one end and start rolling your dough tightly.
  • Secure the end by sticking the dough to itself.
  • Bake in a 375° oven about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, take the roll off the pan and place on a cutting board to cool for a couple minutes.
  • Using a large serrated knife, gently cut your roll into about 6 slices.
  • Serve and enjoy!
Tip: Once you cut your roll into pieces, if you happen to notice that the middle is not completely cooked, just stand all your pieces back on your baking sheet and toss back into the oven for 5 minutes or so.

xoxo, Food Marriage

Game Day/ Christmas Day Recipe: Edamame Puree in Cherry Tomatoes

For those of you that have been following the Food Marriage Blog, I’m sure you have come to know and love the Game Day Recipe feature every Sunday.  Today’s game day recipe is extra special!!  Not only is it a game day with football, but also the beginning of the NBA season after the lockout (that means very happy husbands!)  AND….it is Christmas Day!!!!!

Here is a special Game Day/Christmas Day Appetizer Recipe for you to enjoy….and it is in the spirit of the season in beautiful red and green!  Edamame Puree in Cherry Tomatoes!
  • 1 cup shelled edamame beans (I bought two 10 oz packages of the beans in their pods, cooked them, and then shelled enough for one cup.  Then I saved the extra to serve alongside it).
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh leon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic (minced or pressed)
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons of water, as needed
  • About 24 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds.
  • Follow instructions on your edamame packaging to cook them.  My package said to bring a pot of salted water to a boil, add in your edamame pods, bring back to a boil and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Drain and let the edamame cool.
  • Shell your edamame until you have enough beans for one cup.  Save the remaining edamame pods for later.
  • Combine the edamame beans, cilantro, lemon juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic in a food processor and puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.  (The puree should be thick enough to hold its shape, but not too stiff.  Add a teaspoon or two of water and pulse a few times if needed).
  • Refrigerate until you are ready to stuff the tomatoes.
  • Cut about 1/4 inch from the top of each cherry tomato and use a paring knife or small spoon to scrape out the insides of the tomato.  Discard the insides.
  • Set the tomatoes upside down on some paper towels and let drain for about 30 minutes.
  • Spoon the edamame puree into each of the cherry tomatoes.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and arrange on a platter (Here’s where you can also add in the extra edamame beans onto the platter as well)
(Recipe from an fun cookbook: Gourmet Game Night)

xoxo, Food Marriage

Game Day Appetizer Recipe: Spinach & Cheddar Puff Pastry Swirls

A great game day appetizer doesn’t mean that you have to scour your local grocery store every Sunday morning for various ingredients.  All you have to do is think about what ingredients you already have in your kitchen and think of how they can go together.

As I looked through my fridge I found half a block of extra sharp cheddar cheese (I had already eaten the other half with crackers earlier in the week).  Since puff pastries come in sets of two, and I had already used one sheet for the Baked Brie in a Puff Pastry recipe last week, I still had one sheet of that left.  And then I also came across some frozen spinach in the freezer.  Put all those ingredients together and you get Spinach & Cheddar Puff Pastry Swirls!!


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup of extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • All purpose flour
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen spinach
  • De-thaw your puff pastry sheet (about 20 minutes)
  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Grate your cheese until you have about a cup of grated cheese.
  • Sprinkle your garlic powder into your cheese and mix; set this aside.
  • Follow the microwave directions on your frozen spinach.  Be sure to drain completely and squeeze out any excess water.  Pull apart your spinach so it is no longer tightly packed.
  • Unfold your puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Beat your egg with one tablespoon of water.
  • Generously brush the puff pastry with your egg.
  • Sprinkle the cheese mixture
  • Brush the side that is facing up of the puff pastry generously with the egg.
  • Sprinkle your cheese directly onto the puff pastry.
  • Next, sprinkle your spinach on top of the cheese.
  • Starting with one side of the pastry, roll tightly, as you would roll a jelly roll.
  • Secure the puff pastry (I brushed a little more egg to seal the end together).
  • Begin slicing about half inch pieces of the rolled pastry.  (Mine came out to be about 16 pieces).
  • Spray a baking sheet with a non-stick cooking spray and the place your swirls onto the sheet.
  • Brush each piece with the egg again.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes (the pastry will turn golden brown).
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and then immediately remove the pastries from the sheet and place on a wire cooling rack.  Let cool for about 10 minutes and then serve.
Hope you enjoyed yet another creative game day recipe!!

xoxo, Food Marriage

Recipe for Game Night: Checkerboard Cheese Sandwiches

Getting together with friends and family for a good old fashioned game night!?    If so, you know the night is bound to be a great time!  So why not bring an appetizer that is just as fun?

Here’s a recipe that I found online a few months back and brought to a a game night!  It was not only fun and delicious, but fit in perfectly with the “Game Night” theme! Checkerboard Cheese Sandwiches!  What’s great is that you can take this concept and make any type of sandwiches…tuna, chicken salad, or anything!


  • 1 (10 oz) block of extra sharp cheddar cheese.
  • 1 (10 oz) block of swiss cheese
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of mayonnaise
  • 1 (4 oz) jar of diced pimento
  • 1 teaspoon of dried onion flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 20 thin slices of white bread (Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Bread works great!)
  • 20 thin slices of wheat bread (Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Bread works great!)
  • Grape tomatoes and black olive for garnish
  • Grate both blocks of cheese
  • Drain your pimento.
  • Mix together your grated cheese, drained pimento, mayonnaise, onion flakes and ground pepper.


If you are a taste tester like me when you are cooking, I found that this did not taste great when I first mixed it together.  I actually stored it in the refrigerator overnight and then next day it tasted amazing!!!  I definitely recommend this tip!

  • Once your mixture is stored overnight, remove from the refrigerator.
  • Spread your mixture on half of the white bread slices.  Then top your sandwiches with the other half of the white bread slices (You should have a total of 10 regular sized-sandwiches at this point).
  • Take the other half of your mixture and spread on half of the wheat bread slices.  Then top your sandwiches with the other half of the wheat bread slices.
  • Cut off the crusts of all of the sandwiches.
  • Then cut the sandwiches into four squares each.
  • Next stack the sandwiches in sets of two, by placing one square on top of the other.
  • Arrange on a serving plate in a checkerboard pattern, alternating the wheat and the white.
  • Then using toothpicks, garnish with black olives on one side of the board and grape tomatoes on the other side of the board, signifying the checker pieces!
Happy Game Night!

xoxo, Food Marriage

Game Day Appetizer Recipe: Filet Wrapped in Bacon

YUM…YUM…YUM…and more YUM!

Today for my game day recipe I decided to make an appetizer of bite-sized filet wrapped in bacon!  A slightly classier game day recipe (and slightly more expensive) but definitely delicious!  And they only have 6 minutes of cooking time….so you won’t miss too much of the game while you’re in the kitchen!


  • Filet Steak
  • Bacon
  • A1 Sauce
  • Broiler Pan
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Take a filet steak and cut it into smaller bite-sized pieces.
  • Next, get your bacon out and cut each strip of bacon in half.
  • Wrap each piece of filet in the half strip of bacon.  Once it is wrapped all the way around, stick a toothpick through the middle of your steak to secure the bacon.
  • Use a broiler pan and spray some non-stick cooking spray.
  • Place each piece of filet wrapped in bacon onto the tray.
  • Place your tray into the oven with your broiler on high heat.
  • Cook under the broiler for three minutes on one side, then flip the meat over to cook for an additional three minutes on the other side.
  • Remove from the oven and remove toothpicks.
  • Next, place on a plate with paper towels and pat off any excess grease.
  • Then, transfer to a serving dish.
  • Serve with A1 sauce for dipping!

xoxo, Food Marriage