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Cheese Dreams

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

 

 

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 45 mins
Yield

Makes about 3 dozen

These savory little gems will be the first appetizer to disappear. Make them the day before and refrigerate, or you can freeze them up to 3 weeks in advance. If frozen, pop in the oven straight from the freezer and increase the bake time by 10 minutes. We find that sharp cheddar works best for creating a super cheesy flavor, but feel free to experiment with your favorite flavor of cheddar--an aged white cheddar would be amazing here.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups finely grated sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Ground red pepper or hot sauce to taste
  • 1 (16-oz.) package firm white sandwich bread slices

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 375°. Beat cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Beat in cream and next 5 ingredients.

  2. Cut crusts from bread slices; cut each bread slice into 4 squares. Spread cheese mixture on half of bread squares (about 1 tsp. per square); top each with 1 remaining square. Spread remaining cheese mixture over top and sides of sandwiches. Place sandwiches, 1 inch apart, on a lightly greased baking sheet.

  3. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. Note: We tested with Pepperidge Farm White Sandwich Bread.