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Marinated Cheese Appetizers

Yield 44 appetizers (serving size: 1 appetizer)

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) block part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) block reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fat-free Italian dressing
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (12-ounce) French baguette
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 52
  • caloriesfromfat 0.0 %
  • fat 2 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 3.5 g
  • carbohydrate 5.2 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 7 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 163 mg
  • calcium 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut cheeses into 1/4-inch-thick slices; place slices in a 13- x 9-inch dish, overlapping slightly.

  2. Combine dressing and pepper; pour over cheese. Cover and chill 8 hours.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°.

  4. Cut baguette into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place on baking sheets. Bake at 350°° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted, turning once.

  5. Drain cheeses. Place 1 cheese slice on each bread slice. Garnish with fresh basil, if desired.

  6. Tip: To make ahead, marinate the cheese overnight in the refrigerator. Toast the bread a day ahead, and store it at room temperature. Assemble the appetizers right before serving.

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