Two sugar-free days down. Too many more to go. I am quite literally having withdrawal symptoms. No joke. My mouth has NEVER been this dry. I’ve got a constant dull headache. No energy. And, as if you couldn’t tell, I’m quite irritable. Sorry to the hubs. Hard boiled eggs have helped get me through the day. I thought fruit would help cut the immense dessert craving but it just doesn’t do it for me. A tangerine is NOT a cookie. Or cupcake. Or brownie. I’ve gotta stop. There is no need for this nonsense. I keep reminding myself – you don’t NEED sugar. It’s pretty much on repeat in my head. However, there is a need for super awesome, easy 3 ingredient appetizers! When the hard boiled eggs just don’t cut it, I snack on this necessity of a munchie.
There are only THREE ingredients, people – count them: 1-2-3 ingredients – the need for these just multiplied. This awesome app calls for salami, cream cheese and sliced pepperoncinis (also known as, banana peppers) and that’s it, you’ve got an incredible appetizer! These are SO simple. No cooking – just spread some cream cheese on one end of the salami, throw 2-3 sliced pepperoncinis in there, wrap it up, and stick a toothpick through. Every time I make these somebody asks for the ‘recipe’ and there are never any left. They are a definite MUST TRY.
The origin of this recipe comes from my Hollywood days. My crazy, fun, always up for a party, foodie lovin’, next door neighbor made this all the time. There was always something going on next door (I guess that’s what happens when you live in the heart of Hollywood) and, at that time in my life, I loved it. Appetizers, drinks, dinners, desserts, more drinks, music, Debbie Gibson dance parties, 24/Jack Bauer watching parties, movie trivia nights, Catchphrase until the wee hours of the morning, and lots and lots of these 3 Ingredient Salami Bites. Ahhhhhhh… they take me all the way back to La Brea and Sunset. The days where instead of crocheting until I nodded off on the couch, I was heading to a bar on a Monday night for a “one and done” that always turned into two – or more – and that was totally normal. Justin, I blame you.
My life is a lot quieter these days and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even though I’m more than ready and willing to trade the late nights for a 9:00 pm bedtime, lots of cooking, and crocheting baby blankets for my soon-to-be-here self-proclaimed nephew (#canitpleasebeaprilalready), I’m not at all ready to give up these amazing apps – or sugar for that matter. The hubs has become a machine at cranking these out which is so handy when we’re running late and have to bring snacks to a party. Bring these to your next get together and I guarantee they will be a hit!
- 1 package salami
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 jar of deli sliced pepperoncinis
- Spread about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese (I don't measure, just smear some one there!) onto one edge of the salami, add 2-3 sliced pepperoncinis on top of the cream cheese, roll up & stick a toothpick through.
- Repeat until you have enough to feed your party-goers. I would estimate 3-4 of these to feed one person as an appetizer. Keep in mind, I've been known to down about 10 of these in one sitting. But, that's just me =)