The dessert aisle this year is killing me. So I'm taking a much-needed break from it. So far I haven't seen a ton of new appetizers yet. Perhaps it is too early to say, but I thought they would be out by Thanksgiving. Shelves in my local store have already been packed with Bacon-Wrapped Scallops and dates and we've even seen the return of the Lemon Ricotta Cheese and Fondue in the cheese aisle.
Well, cheese is always a hit in my household for appetizers. It doesn't matter if it is melted or sliced or part of the charcuterie board.
In fact, my husband and I had these one night for dinner (and a series of other appetizers that I'll get to in the coming weeks).
What you think of these might vary. Why? Because mine did not (for the most part) keep their cute round shape). Of the 12 bites, only about half stayed in their round shape. A lot of mine looked like they were a smidge flat. Kinda like a flat tire.
The rest became oval orbs on my baking sheet. They were tasty orbs.
In fact, one thing omitted from the directions is to enjoy these warmed, but not hot. Two minutes might not be quite enough to cool these down enough.
As much as the imagery on the packaging might have you believe that these are some kind of grown up mozzarella stick, they really aren't.
First off, this is a cream cheese based item. So if you are trying to eat this too warm, it's just not going to keep its shape, much like the now discontinued chicken parmesan lollipops.
Yup, while mozzarella sticks are best served right out of the fryer, these will be much better if you let the now softened cheesy cream cheese mixture come back to something just warmer that room temperature you will be rewarded with melty cheesy, slightly garlic-y bites.
The panko adds a nice crunch and contrast to the soft interior. Mine didn't quite reach the color level of the box. But make no mistake, the dozen was gone relatively quickly with no leftovers.
For $2.99 for a dozen bites, they were a pretty good deal. My husband and I both enjoyed these.
Would I buy these again? Maybe if I see them. These are seasonal appetizers, so I'm not sure how many times I'll see them before they disappear off of my store's shelves.
The box of Trader Joe's Herbaceous Cheesy Bites:
Air fryer directions
Pre-heat your air fryer to 400F. Cook for 7 minutes or until desired doneness.
Out of the package you get:
After being cooked you get:
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Trader Joe's Herbaceous Cheesy Bites
Product Name: Trader Joe's Herbaceous Cheesy Bites
Trader Joe's Herbaceous Cheesy Bites are made with cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, garlic and herbs in a panko crust.
- Make for a nice appetizer
- Have a flavor that goes beyond just cheese
- Panko exterior lends a nice crunch
- Didn't quite keep their round shape
- If you aren't a fan of cream cheese, then skip these
- These were better closer to warm. The two minutes might not be enough time to cool these properly.