We got a nice note from Tony and Rebecca B. a couple of days ago.
They stayed with us earlier this month, and fell in LOVE with one of the appetizers we made for happy hour. “I would love to have the recipe!” Rebecca said.
Well, getting recipes around here isn’t always easy. The women in our kitchen aren’t the types to use measuring spoons. Mary, who mans the stove five days a week, has been working in the restaurant business since she was a teenager (her parents owned a restaurant in North Carolina). She stopped measuring things a long time ago. Heloisa cooks two days a week…she has a background as an engineer, but she’s not so precise in the recipe department either.
Anyway, the appetizer Rebecca loved was one of Heloisa’s…a crunchy little toast point with a creamy, gooey topping. I call it Heloisa’s Cheesy Toast Appetizer (my creativity knows no bounds). I spent a couple minutes in the kitchen this morning as she said “I take some big spoons of mayo..plop plop (she pantomimed putting them into a bowl), then some parmesan cheese–this much (she pulled out a jar of cheese and showed me a couple of inches”. It wasn’t an exact science, but I think I got the gist of it.
If you make the recipe before Heloisa does, let me know how it turns out!!
Heloisa’s Cheesy Toast Appetizer
6 tablespoons mayonnaise
5 tablespoons parmesan cheese (we usually use grated but shredded works too)
1 small onion, chopped very fine
1 pinch baking powder
black pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together (it will be pretty gritty).
Cut any kind of bread (white, wheat) into
the shape you desire (we usually do triangles–but Christmas shapes could be fun), and place on a cookie
tray. Top the bread with a small amount of the mixture.
Bake at 400 degrees until the top is golden and the cheese mixture puffs a little.