Rosemary Cheese Patties

This fast, easy and delicious recipe is great for entertaining! It can be prepared ahead of time and browned just before guests arrive. It's quickly doubled for a crowd and extra special with marinara sauce.

Yield

12 servings

Ingredients

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs, divided
2 eggs
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
marinara sauce, warmed, optional

Directions

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, eggs, rosemary, garlic and cayenne until blended.

Place the remaining crumbs in a shallow bowl. Shape heaping tablespoonfuls of cheese mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls; flatten to 1/2 inch thickness. Coat with bread crumbs.

In a large skillet, brown patties in oil in batches over medium heat until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with marinara sauce if desired.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 25 minutes

Nutritional Information

1 serving (2 each) equals 157 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 61 mg cholesterol, 298 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 6 g protein.

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