Recipe: Cheesy Snack Squares


Cheesy Snack Squares
Cheesy Snack Squares, Courtesy: “The Appetizer Bible”

Ok folks, this one is a keeper for sure! I had looked at this recipe for quite some time, and finally I made it. I’m glad I did! This cheesy bread is light and fluffy, but still full of great flavors. The cheese and peppers almost make this like a pizza bread, but with a more delicate texture. You won’t be sorry you tried this!

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour                  1 cup milk
¾ cup cornmeal                                 ¼ cup vegetable oil
2 medium green onions, thinly sliced    1 egg
4 tsp. sugar                                        1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 tsp. baking powder                           ¼ cup finely chopped green bell pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning                        ¼ cup finely chopped red bell pepper
¼ tsp. salt 2 slices crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease 11 x 7-inch baking dish.
  3. Combine flour, cornmeal, green onions, sugar, baking powder, Italian seasoning and salt in large bowl.
  4. Combine milk, oil and egg in a small bowl, and add to the cornmeal mixture; mix just until moistened.
  5. Spread evenly in prepared dish.
  6. Combine cheese, bell peppers and bacon in medium bowl and sprinkle evenly over cornmeal mixture.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
  8. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • In an attempt to make this a bit healthier, I substituted turkey bacon for the bacon. Sadly, the turkey bacon does not crisp us a nicely as the regular bacon, and the taste is much less rich. I’ll let you make your own call, but next time I will use classic bacon!

Yield: approximately 15 appetizers.

Adapted From: “The Appetizer Bible,” Publications International, Limited, 2006.

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