Farm Rich Mozzarella Sticks and Breaded Mushrooms
I was asked by Farm Rich Snacks to create a easy recipe for holiday entertaining using one of their ready to use, delicious appetizers. Their Breaded Mozzarella Cheese Sticks are one of my favorites so I knew right away I wanted to use them. Cheese and cranberries were made to go together in my opinion so I came up with a cranberry orange dipping sauce to dip the cheese sticks into. Look for Farm Rich appetizers in your grocers freezer aisle. Farm Rich even has some coupFarm Rich Snacksons for you to help with your holiday entertaing.get $1.50 off 2 Farm Rich snacks
What I love about using these appetizers thru the holidays is how much time I save and that gives me more time to spend with my family and guests. These are sure to be a hit at your next get together. The best thing of all with all of the choices Farm Rich gives you is that you will look like a kitchen diva and no one will guess you didn’t spend all afternoon in the kitchen.
This cranberry orange dipping sauce is so easy to make. Wash and rinse the cranberries, then put them in a pan. The cranberries should be firm and not mushy. Did you know that cranberries are also known as bounce berries? Try dropping one a firm surface and they bounce! That also tells you if they are fresh. Add the orange marmalade, jalapeno, sugar and water. (if you don’t like a little heat, skip the jalapenos) Heat until it thickens and the berries pop. Cook for another 5 minutes over low heat. You can make the sauce in the time it takes to bake the mozzarella sticks and mushrooms.
Sweet and tangy cranberry orange dipping sauce for mozzarella sticks and breaded mushrooms.
- 2 cups fresh cranberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup orange marmalade
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper
- Rinse the cranberries. Put them in a pan.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients. Put over medium heat.
- Cook until the berries start to pop. Cook for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
- Place in serving dish.
Another reason I love Farm Rich products is that they only use quality ingredients. Farm Rich products are easy and convenient, made with 100% real cheese, they are good sources of protein and calcium and have 0 trans fats! Kids and adults will both love these time saving appetizers that you can keep on hand so that even an impromptu party isn’t a problem at all. Bite size pieces make it easy for everyone to enjoy.
The Mozzarella Bites and Mozzarella Sticks are made with 100 percent real mozzarella cheese. The Pizzeria Bites are too with an authentic pizza dough. These popular bite-sized snacks come out of the oven with a hot cheesy center for an easy-to-share treat.
If you are looking for a gluten free option, try some of their Farm Rich Original, Italian or Turkey Meatballs.
I love their Toasted Ravioli which are pockets of 4 cheesy goodness. Look too for their newest product Loaded Potato Skins! I can’t wait for my grocery store to carry these. How about the mushrooms? They are delicious breaded whole mushrooms and are good dipped in the cranberry orange dipping sauce too! Want to see where Farm Rich products are sold in your area? Use Farm Rich’s easy to use Farm Rich Product Finder.
Add a few seasonal fruits or vegetables to round out your buffet. Olives from the deli, pesto with cream cheese and crackers, or bruschetta on french bread are a few quick and easy dishes to put together.
Now that we have all of the ingredients needed for a party, here are a few of my favorite party tips.
When planning an appetizer party, plan ahead of time for what dishes you will be serving everything in. Lay them out where you will be serving. If you do this in one the days leading up to your party it is great to know that you aren’t going to be searching at the last minute for Aunt Susie’s dish she gave you last Christmas. If you don’t want to leave the dishes out, use a post it note and place it in place of the dish or draw a diagram on a piece of paper. This also helps so that someone else can take the plates out to be served and they know exactly where you want the dish to go. Think outside the box for serving pieces, a piece of tile or slate makes a great serving dish. Use a marker or chalk and write a message on it.
Make sure to use small plates for portion control. Big plates can mean a lot of wasted food.