These Smoked Turkey Bites make you smile with delight when you bite into them. Far from your everyday appetizer, these little gems actually begin with a loaf of white bread. The layers of flavor will have your guests bombarding you with questions as to what is in there.
They are smoky, slightly spicy and sweet, with a savory tang from the capers and Worcestershire sauce. Combine with the mellow richness of cream cheese, and these are true winners. Keep this recipe on hand as it is an ultimate finger food that is gone in 60 seconds!
If you are feeling lazy and do not want to bake, the filling is also excellent as a spread for crackers.
Smoked Turkey Bites Recipe
1/2 cup (1 stick or 8 Tablespoons) butter, melted and at room temperature
1/4 pound shaved smoked turkey deli meat (I like Boarshead® mesquite smoked turkey)
8 ounces (1 large block) cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup minced sweet onion
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 heaping Tablespoon small capers, coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper jelly
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
1 loaf of traditional commercial sliced soft white bread
1/4 cup (about) grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a jelly roll pan or shallow baking sheet with nonstick foil. Place melted butter in a shallow dish for dipping.
Coarsely chop the shaved smoked turkey and place in a medium bowl. Add cream cheese, sweet onion, mayonnaise, capers, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper jelly, and mustard. Using a large fork, stir and mash until thoroughly combined.
Trim crusts from the bread. Place 6 slices at a time between 2 sheets of plastic wrap.
Roll flat to 1/8th-inch thickness with a rolling pin or a tall water glass.
Spread each slice with the smoked turkey mixture. Roll into a cigar-shape. Dip each into the melted butter, and place seam-side down on prepared pan. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes until golden. Serve as whole rolls or cut in half for bite-sized pieces for an appetizer.
Yield: about 24 rolls or 48 bite-sized pieces
• If you should have any of the filling left over, it is equally as good as a spread on crackers.
Smoked Turkey Bites Recipe Photo ©2021 Peggy Filippone