Cheese bread is a perfect accompaniment with soup, salad, spaghetti or most any meal. The problem is I don't always have the time or the ingredients to make it up when I really want to serve it.
Now I can have it on hand at all times as this week's recipe for 2 Cheese Spread is made up ahead of time. It makes a large bowl full and keeps for a long time in the refrigerator in an airtight container (if it lasts that long).
I try to keep a loaf of french bread in the freezer, which makes it simple to have crispy, hot cheese bread on hand at all times.
Crispy 2 Cheese Bread
1 pound margarine (do not use butter) at room temperature
3/4 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 pound Romano cheese, grated
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Mix all ingredients together until fluffy, using the electric mixer on low speed. Spread on sourdough french bread and toast under the broiler. This spread keeps very well in the refrigerator if stored in an airtight container.
Oven Hamburger Balls
Serving size: 6
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
4 ounces bread crumbs
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
Saute onions and garlic in butter until transparent; set aside. Mix beef in bowl with eggs, bread crumbs and parsley. Add to cooled onion mixture.
Form mixture into 6 patties and saute in pan with 1 tablespoon butter until golden brown on both sides. Set aside in a casserole dish. Patties should still be pink inside. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in pan and add 3 tablespoons flour. Cook 1 minute and whisk in 1 1/2 cups beef broth. Add mushrooms and pour over patties in casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Salmon Bagel Dip
1 can salmon, deboned
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup minced onion
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Blend the mixture well. I like to use my food processor. This is a great spread on bagels.
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