Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Garlic Cheese Puffs

I was gonna do some more Key West today but decided to use food as a lure because I want to ask you a favor. Food first. This is my Maggie's favorite appetizer. Rather than that, it's her go to snack. They are always in her freezer and she can heat up a few in the oven and feel happy. Yep, they make you feel happy.

Garlic Cheese Puffs

1 1/2 stick of butter (room temp)
1 jar Old English cheese Spread (by the Velveeta at the store)
Garlic Powder to taste (lots)
1 loaf white sandwich bread (get the square stuff)

That's it for ingredients.
Together, in a stand alone mixer, if possible, beat together the first three ingredients for TEN minutes. While that is happening get a work station set up at a table where you can sit down.
You will need a serrated knife (big if possible), a cutting board a scrap bowl and a butter knife. Take three pieces of bread at a time and cut off the crusts. (I save them for the birds/fish or to make bread crumbs, although I find myself using Panko crumbs more and more often). Now spread the top of the bottom three pieces of bread with the cheese mix. Now do the same with the second slice. Layer all three pieces of bread back together and cut in thirds and then thirds again. Do this delicately so you don't smash the bread, Next, frost each of the nine bread piles, leaving the bottom unfrosted. Place these on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper that will fit in your freezer. The unfrosted side should be on the bottom. Freeze and when frozen plop in a freezer bag.
When ready to heat and eat, take the puffs out of the ziplock and place on a parchment lined sheet pan, unfrosted side down and heat at 350 for about 10 minutes or until your oven makes
them look like this. You won't be sorry you made these. I do four loaves of bread at a time. As long as you are plopped down in a chair frosting, why not do it up right? Your family will thank you for it.

Now for the favor - I have been asked to teach next winter at the local Art Alliance. I can probably teach anything but I would like something to teach that you don't need a sewing machine for and that is appealing to the masses. I haven't taught before and probably would have said no except that this is a very low key teaching gig and I don't think my timidity of public speaking would get in the way; especially if I knew what I was gonna do ahead of time. I am pretty good at the little tutorial's I put all my guests through when they visit so I figure that it's worth a try. Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated and if you have any, could you email me them privately? A lesson plan or two isn't out of the question. You will get credit and I will get your expertise. I like to do just about anything - I just can't teach knitting or crochet due to the left handed thing. Any and all ideas will be appreciated.

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