March 20, 2014I was asked to bring an appetizer to a party last weekend. Something easy. I decided on Parmesan baguettes. Toasted little ovals topped with a smear of creamy Parmesan then a quick (and I mean quick) trip under the broiler. Even the picky critics enjoyed. Really.
Easy Pezy Parmesan Baguettes
(makes about 2 dozen)
1 French baguette, sliced
1 stick butter, softened
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion (minced)
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
a pinch or two of salt
thin sliced plum tomato (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place sliced baguette on a bake sheet and bake for 5 minutes.
Carefully flip slices and return to oven for another 5 minutes. Set aside and cool completely. (This step can be done way in advance.)
In a medium bowl combine softened butter with mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, onion, Wor-cestershire sauce and salt. Mix well. Store in refrigerator until ready to prepare. Spread (about 2 teaspoons for each baguette) mixture over slices of baguette.
Heat broiler to high with oven rack positioned in middle of oven. Place bake sheet in oven and broil for just a minute or two.
Don't wander from the oven. Pull bake sheet as soon as cheese mixture begins to bubble and brown. Serve warm from oven.
Just for fun I added a thin slice of tomato to some of the baguettes. A perfect compliment to the creamy Parmesan spread.
This super flavorful spread will glide nicely over corn on the cob or any vegetables straight from the grille.
Now how's that for a summer thought!