’50s Open-Faced Cheese Puff Minis

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Our appetizer-sized version of this favored fifties snack was inspired by a cheese puff sandwich that used to be served by Chicago’s DeMet’s candy store and soda fountain. To lower the fat? Substitute hot or sweet peppers for the bacon, and use reduced fat mayo and cheese.

Makes 30 to 60 appetizers, depending on size of canape cutter

Toast Ingredients

  • One loaf Pepperidge Farm “Very Thin” white or wheat bread

Topping Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp mayonnaise (low-fat, canola or olive-oil versions fine)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 slices bacon, oven baked, drained and chopped fine
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 egg whites, beaten until peaked but not dry

Instructions

  1. Lightly toast bread, cutting each slice as it comes out of the toaster, into two or three small decorative shapes using a sharp cookie or canape cutter. Preheat broiler. Combine mayo, cheese, “wooster” sauce, bacon and salt. Whip egg whites; fold into other ingredient mixture. Mound a spoonful on toasts. Broil until golden and puffy. Serve immediately.

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