Blue Cheese and Red Onion Jam Crescent Thumbprints

  • 1 package (3 oz.) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (2 oz.)
  • 1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls (8 rolls)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin or pure olive oil
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In small bowl, mix cream cheese and Gorgonzola cheese with fork until blended.

3. Unroll dough; separate into 2 rectangles, each about 11 inches long. Place 1 rectangle on cutting board; press perforations together to seal. Spread half of the cheese mixture over dough to within 1/2 inch of long sides; sprinkle half of the pecans evenly over cheese. Starting at 1 long side, roll up; press seam to seal. Cut roll into 16 (about 3/4-inch) slices with serrated knife; place cut sides down on ungreased large cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, cheese and pecans.

4. Bake 14 to 17 minutes or until golden brown.

5. Meanwhile, in 8-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until soft and lightly brown. Remove from heat.

6. Stir in vinegar, preserves (breaking up large pieces of fruit if necessary) and thyme; set aside.

7. After removing rolls from oven, immediately press back of a teaspoon into center of each roll to make small indentation. Spoon slightly less than 1/2 teaspoon onion jam into each indentation. Remove from cookie sheet. Serve warm.

Makes 32 appetizrs, Time: 30 minutes