Hey everyone! The solar eclipse is coming through Charleston on Monday, the 21st, and we are expected to get over 1 million tourists in town for it! Yowza. I'm pretty sure I've only seen one other eclipse in my lifetime - on the back porch at my grandmother's house with a pinhole camera - so needless to say, I'm pretty stoked about it.
Y'all know I love a good theme, so why not throw a party with a few fun eclipse snacks? I stopped by my beloved BI-LO and picked up some things to munch on while we rock our eclipse sunglasses Monday.
First, pizza crescent rolls. Who doesn't love pizza? No really. I'll wait.
The crescent shape makes these "eclipse-y" because they're like mini moons!
I wanted to make plain cheese ones because that's what I like, but feel free to add diced pepperoni, chopped olives, peppers, or pineapple and ham!
And the best part about these - they are quick and easy to assemble, so are perfect for after school snacks to put together with your kids any day of the year!
2. Lay each triangle on the baking sheet. I like to cut mine in half to get more bang for my buck. Also, my mom made us do this when we made pigs in a blanket as kids and I always hated it, but I now realize, it always meant I got double the snacks!
3. Place a small spoonful of sauce on the wide end of each triangle.
4. Spread the sauce down the length of the triangle. This is also where you should sprinkle on the oregano, but I forgot about it until almost the end. You'll see.
5. Next, add a pinch of cheese and any other toppings. If you choose to use more than cheese, either dice them very small or don't cut your triangles in half like I did. You'll need a little more dough to support heavier toppings.
5. continued: this is the amount of cheese you're looking for. It's fine if it spills off the edges of the triangles - you can scoop it up once you roll them and press the leftover cheese onto the top of the crescent roll.
6. Starting at the wide end, pinch from the bottom and roll with your fingers until you get a tight little crescent roll. Pinch the left and right ends and curve them towards each other if you want your rolls super crescent-y. I'll admit, this is harder to do when they are tiny, but like I said before, double the snacks!
7. Sprinkle each roll with a pinch of oregano and then grated Parmesan.
8. Place these tasty cheesy bites in your preheated oven for 13 minutes, until golden brown.
For another fun snack, BI-LO had this perfect hole-y Swiss cheese and I knew I had to have it as part of my eclipse party spread. The holes in the cheese remind me of the craters in the moon, and I think all kids think the moon is made of cheese at some point, right?
We have two snacks that represent the moon, so now we need a representative snack for the sun - Starbursts! These are also the perfect sweet, tangy, and juicy treat.
**Another dessert idea would be to take sugar cookies from the bakery section and dip them 3/4 of the way in melted chocolate, to mimic the sun being eclipsed by the moon!
What a stellar platter!
I'm hilarious, I know.
If you want to make your party truly out of this world (sorry, last one), serve other eclipse themed snacks and treats like Milky Way bars, Sun Chips, Moon Pies, or Eclipse gum!
And stay tuned for a post on Eclipse Party Drinks tomorrow!
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