Cheesy English Muffin Appetizers!

 
 
 
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! 
 



5 comments:

  1. sounds so good...

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  2. Try mini bagels cut in half. Mix mayonnaise, pkg good seasons Italian dry mix, shredded pepperoni and shredded swiss cheese. Place on oven to melt.

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  3. Linda Booth your recipe sounds good too! I thought of adding chopped, diced fresh mushrooms to either recipe.

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  4. I have made these with the crabmeat & they were fantastic... Gone in minutes!

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