Archive | September, 2011

Pimento Cheese Toasts

6 Sep

My life changed after a wine party in December 2010. It was at that party that I discovered the pure simplicity and white-trashy goodness of Cheese Toasts. My friend and party hostess, calls them “Crack Toasts” because you become quickly addicted and can’t stop at just one.

I was shocked when Jaime told me the secret ingredient — mayonnaise. In fact, these appetizers are the easiest things in the world to make – stir together some grated cheese, mayo with some salt and pepper, spread on baguette slices, pop in the oven and 10 minutes later you are transported to hot cheesy goodness.

What I didn’t realize at the time is that Jaime was serving a slight variation on the Southern comfort food, Pimento Cheese. While there are many variations to pimento cheese, the basic recipe is grated cheese, mayo, salt, pepper and pimentos or roasted red peppers. It’s a commonly used as a spread for crackers, sandwiches and even as a hot dog topping.

I took Jaime’s info, added in some roasted red peppers along with a few extra ingredients, and created my own version of the “Crack Toast.” Careful — these things are wildly addictive. So much so, that when they came out of the oven, my guests dove into them right away and I couldn’t get a photo of the finished product for The Scallion Scullion blog!

Pimento Cheese Toasts
Makes about 36 toasts

2 cups (about 4 oz) coarsely grated Extra-Sharp Orange Cheddar Cheese
2 cups (about 4 oz) coarsely grated Extra-Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely diced bottled roasted red peppers (rinse and pat dry before cutting)
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp finely chopped green onion
salt and pepper, to taste

baguette

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

2) In a medium bowl, stir all ingredients, except baguette, until evenly mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste (mixture can be made 3 days ahead, chilled and covered)

3) Slice baguette crosswise into 1/3 inch slices. Spread slices thickly with cheese mixture. Place on prepared baking pan.

4) Bake toasts for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.

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