Savory! Parmesan Cheese Bites

Ok, so I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit this week.  I went to a Super Bowl party this weekend (by the way: zzzzzzzzzzz) and they asked us to bring an appetizer/snack item.  I was told since I wasn’t specifically asked to make a dessert then it would be rude to bring something sweet.  So, I made two savory snacks (at least making more than I was asked to is in my wheelhouse…).

I’ll post the second in the coming weeks, but here’s the first.  It’s actually something I’ve made before and it’s pretty easy, just a little spicy and really tasty.

Ingredients

·        1 cup flour

·        2/3 cup parmesan cheese (ground)

·        ½ t ground red pepper

·        ½ cup butter, softened to room temperature

·        2 T milk

Directions

Like I said – this is really easy.  First, wash your hands.  Seriously, this is important – you’re gonna be using them.

Pour the first three ingredients in a bowl and whisk together.  Next, add the butter and mix that in well.  With your hands.  Just get in there and mush it all together for a while.  I tried using a fork and seriously that doesn’t work (or if it did it would have taken forEVER).  And a hand mixer is going to be a mess – this way is easy and it works.IMG_8982

Once everything is mixed together, roll the dough into logs about an inch or so thick and wrap them in wax paper – you’ll get two logs out of this.

IMG_8983Put the logs into a ziplock bag and refrigerate them for at least 4 hours, but you can absolutely do it overnight.  You can also freeze them if you like – they’ll last in the freezer for about a month.

When you’re ready to cook, take them out of the fridge and cut them into slices about a half inch thick.  If you froze them let them warm up a bit before you cut them.

Place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and brush each one with the milk.

IMG_8999Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes until they’re golden brown around the edges.

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Cool them on a wire rack and serve – they’re going to be a hit.

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