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Pepperoni Parmesan Bites "Deconstructed Lasagna"

Ritz Crackers
Servings: 24
30 to 60 min

One bite won't be enough!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Pepperoni Parmesan Bites "Deconstructed Lasagna"
  • 1/4 pound pepperoni cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 1 cup)
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup POLLY-O Original Ricotta Cheese
  • 1/4 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 48 RITZ Crackers
  • Italian parsley (for garnish)
  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Set a large sauté pan over medium heat, and add pepperoni cubes and onion. Cook for 3-4 min. until pepperoni begins to render oil, then add garlic, pepper flakes and fennel seeds. Cook until fragrant, about 2 min.; drain oil and add tomatoes and bay leaf. Simmer for 10-12 min. until thickened and all the flavors have come together in the sauce. Set aside and keep warm. Discard bay leaf. 
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta and Parmesan; smear a teaspoon of Parmesan-ricotta mixture on each RITZ Cracker and top with a teaspoon of pepperoni sauce. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-6 min. or until heated through. Garnish with parsley.
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