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I posted the other day about prepping for my Great Value baking party. Well, I had it last Thursday and it was SO MUCH FUN! It was originally supposed to be at my house, but when my husband came down with a nasty stomach bug my friend Jennifer graciously offered to let us have it at her house – whew, party saved!
Like I mentioned in my other post, we made an appetizer and pies. For the appetizer we used Great Value crescent roll dough & cream cheese, and then cooked, crumbled bacon and diced, roasted jalapenos.
Jennifer and I worked together on the appetizers, making quick work of them. She cut the crescent dough triangles in half, then I spread the cream cheese while she topped with the bacon and jalapenos. We made a great team!
Here’s Jennifer with the tray all ready to go in the oven:
And then check out the finished product – don’t they look delicious?
If you like bacon-wrapped jalapenos you’ll love these. I think they’d be a show-stopper at any party! With the crescent roll dough they’re not quite as spicy, so they are good for a broader audience. You could add toothpicks to these and make a really pretty and user-friendly platter! (Recipe is here)
By using Great Value crescent dough and cream cheese, it’s really affordable, too – I spent about $7 in ingredients to make these – not bad at all. And I promise, they tasted just as good as if we’d used more expensive “brand name” products (better, really, with knowing I was saving money)!
Since the appetizers were so quick we spent most of our time on the pies – well, that or holding baby E, who came along with me since Brian wasn’t really in a state to care for our 2-month-old. We decided to just make apple pies to keep things simple.
Kristi started prepping the apples – we went through 2 bags (about 16 apples) to make 8 pies. This peeler/corer/slicer made quick work of it, and it was easy enough that she could rock E with her foot while she worked (plus she’s an amazing multitasker like that)! And Amanda worked on getting the recipe multiplied out to make 8 pies.
As a reminder, we used this apple pie recipe from allrecipes.com. It’s really simple and only includes seven ingredients:
- Great Value Pie Crust (2)
- Unsalted Butter
- White Sugar
- Brown Sugar
- Granny Smith Apples
We also decided to add a little bit of nutmeg and cinnamon for some added depth of flavor – plus, I think those flavors are perfect for fall holidays, don’t you? They also helped to cut some of the sweetness – perfect!
Amanda and Jennifer worked on the filling for the pies while I held E for a little bit (For the record, I’m not a fan of this photo but it’s the only one of me so here it is!):
Kristi and I filled the pie shells with apples. We got deep dish crusts, which I’d always recommend – they leave more room for filling! :)
Amanda and Kristi cut some extra crusts into lattice pieces for the top of the pies. I told them they looked like they were having fun, and Amanda cheesed it up for the camera. :)
Once the lattices were placed across the pies, we just poured the filling over the top of everything. We just did two pies right then, since the rest of us were taking them home with us.
So pretty, right? And sooo delicious! Since the rest of us were taking our pies home to bake, Jennifer put filling in containers for us and covered up the pie shells with apples. This made it easy to travel with!
So, as you can see we had a really great time – in fact, we can’t wait for our next baking party (which is coming up soon)! What baking do you have planned for Thanksgiving? Have you ever done baking parties with your friends?
Note: I am participating in the Great Value program with The Motherhood. I have been compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are honest and are my own.