Blue Cheese-Walnut Finger Sandwiches

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey
Time-saver tip: Instead of preparing sandwiches, mix spread as directed and serve it with preserves on crackers.

Yield:

Makes about 7 dozen

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 6 Minutes
Cool: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
5 ounces creamy blue cheese, rind removed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
2 (14-oz.) whole grain bread loaves (22 slices)
1/4 cup fig, cherry, or apricot preserves

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake walnuts in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 5 minutes. Cool completely (about 20 minutes).

2. Stir together walnuts and next 3 ingredients. Spread on 1 side of each bread slice. Spread fig preserves on half of bread slices; top with remaining bread slices, cheese sides down. Chill sandwiches in airtight zip-top plastic bags up to 24 hours, if desired. Cut crusts from sandwiches. Cut each sandwich into 8 pieces.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Saga blue cheese and Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain 15 Grain Bread.

Note:

March 2009