Basil-Parmesan Bites

Be sure to chill the dough overnight; otherwise, the bites will be crumbly.

Yield:

Makes 32 bites

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Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes
Chill: 8 Hours
Bake: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup cold butter, cut up
2 tablespoons milk

Preparation

Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or two forks until crumbly. (Mixture will look very dry.) Gently press mixture together with hands, working until blended and smooth (about 2 to 3 minutes).

Shape dough into 2 (4-inch-long) logs. Wrap each log in plastic wrap, and chill 8 hours.

Cut each log into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Brush tops with milk.

Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Parmesan Cheese Bites: Proceed with recipe as directed, omitting fresh basil.

Caryn Nabors, Gadsden, Alabama

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Caryn Nabors, Gadsden, Alabama,

March 2006