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Friday, May 28, 2010

Revising Cocktail Party Food

Mom loves to entertain.  She's done something that I really wish I'd done.  Since she started entertaining, she's kept a record of who's been at each party and what she's served.  How much fun would that be to look at?  Talk about a trip down memory lane!  One of her signature hors d'oeuvre's was a wonderful cheese toastie.  It was shredded cheddar, minced dried onion and a dash of Worcestershire all held together with mayo, schmeared on party rye bread then broiled.  I used to love to watch those come out of the oven.  The cheese was all melty and gooey and yummy.  Needless to say, their friends inhaled them.  When I started entertaining, these were one of the first hors d'oeuvres I started making.  My friends inhaled them too.  They were a special occasion treat.  Then, one day when I was perusing the cheese drawer for some interesting options for grilled cheese, it hit me.  These would make fabulous grilled cheese sandwiches!  DUH!

Kate's Special Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Cracker Barrel Extra Sharp Cheddar
dried minced onion
Hellman's mayo (we love their new olive oil mayo!)
Whole-grain bread
olive oil

Shred the cheese.  If you're using an entire block, you'll want to put in about a tablespoon of dried minced onion and about a teaspoon of Worcestershire.  Then, mix in mayo just until it all sticks together.  Schmear it on a piece of bread and top it with another piece of bread.  Pour a film of olive oil in a skillet and grill the sandwiches until they're nicely browned on both sides and the cheese is all melty.

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