Hot cheese toast

Yield: 24 Strips

Measure Ingredient
8 slices Bacon; cooked; crumbled
⅓ cup Mayonnaise
1 cup Shredded sharp Cheddar
\N \N Cheese
1 small Onion; grated
1 \N Egg; lightly beaten
\N \N Freshly ground pepper
⅛ teaspoon Dry mustard
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
\N \N Several dashes Tabasco sauce
8 slices Firm white day-old bread

Cook bacon by placing on a rack over a shallow pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.

Combine all ingredients except bread in a bowl. Crumble bacon and add to mixture; set aside.

Cut crusts from bread slices and toast on both sides. Spread each slice generously with cheese mixture; then cut each slice into three long strips. Sprinkle with paprika; place on baking sheet, cover with waxed paper and refrigerate. This may be done the day before. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before ready to bake; bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until light brown and puffy. Serve hot. Double the recipe for a cocktail party of 20.

Note: These strips are quite filling. For a daintier appetizer, cut strips in half before baking. These are delicious nd versatile, providing a good luncheon or brunch dish. They should be served with sliced tomatoes and garnished with parsley clusters; in which case, serve two whole bread slices per person, not cutting into strips. MM Wrenn

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

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