This is a little quick and easy appetizer that you can whip up at a moments notice, because usually all of these ingredients are on hand. The only thing you might not have are the English Muffins, but I always keep some frozen to have in a pinch. This is a good way to use up English Muffins that are just a little past their freshest also.
If you cut each one in quarters they make a great party appetizer or serve them whole with pasta dishes and soups. They also make a good after school snack for the kids! This recipe is very adaptable and I will give you some variations that are really good also! Here is what you will need to make these:
1 (12 oz.) pkg. English Muffins, split in half
2 Tbs. butter, softened
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup green onion, chopped (include the green blades)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
dash black pepper
dash hot sauce (optional)
1/3 cup real bacon bits or crisp cooked finely diced bacon
Variations: add 1/2 tsp. curry powder, 1 tsp. basil or 1 tsp. oregano. If you are serving with spaghetti or other Italian pastas, you can also substitute chopped pepperoni for the bacon.
Add 1 cup flaked crab meat and these become even more special and they are great served with clam chowder!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a bowl, mix the butter and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in all of the other ingredients. Lay the English Muffins halves on a cookie sheet. Evenly divide and spread the mixture over the tops of each muffin half.
Place in the oven on the highest rack and bake for about 20 -25 minutes or until bubbly and just starting to brown.
Cut in fourths if serving for an appetizer!
Or serve whole alongside pasta dishes or soups!