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As a kid, we used to gather around the kitchen table every night for dinner. Mom would pour us all a big glass of milk and we would talk about what we learned in school and what are friends were up to.

The three of us kids would just jabber on and on, often talking over each other.

As we grew older, dad traveled more for work and we started extracurricular activities. Dinner together seemed to happen less and less, although mom tried.

Now, we’re all grown up with our own families living around the country. When we reunite, it’s not the family dinner that brings us close. It’s the appetizers.

No matter whose house we’re at, we always lay out a huge spread of snacks. Cheese trays, goat cheese and pepper jelly, veggies, nuts and a sampling of hot and cold finger foods.

We never seem to leave the table. We stand around the hors d’oeuvres and jibber jabber like old times. We talk about the food, the grandkids, the dogs and what we’re up to at work. As minutes turn into hours, we make more appetizers, pour more drinks and just catch up on life.

This snack is an easy appetizer to prepare. By cutting the KING'S HAWAIIAN Original Hawaiian Sweet Dinner Rolls in half and smashing them, you create a sweet cracker that’s perfect for the toppings of sweet peppery cream cheese, Swiss cheese and your deli meat of choice. I used a combination of prosciutto and capicola. You could use ham, salami, turkey; you name it.

I hope this KING'S HAWAIIAN® Deli Bite brings you and your family together.



Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Cut each roll in half.


Place between two sheets of wax paper and smash the halves with a pan.

Smashed bread

smahsed bread

Combine the cream cheese, pineapple and peperoncini. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto each piece of smashed bread.

Cut the Swiss cheese slices into quarters and place a piece on top of each appetizer.

Cut the layered bread in half to make smaller portions.

Deli Bites

Top each piece with a crumbled piece of deli meat.

Bake in a 425-degree oven for 8 minutes. Serve warm.