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Jan 19, 2009 05:10 PM

New Orleans cheese "puff" appetizer recipe?

I live in New Orleans. A friend of mine who is from a family that has been in Louisiana for many generations makes an amazing hors d'oeuvre. It is not by any means highbrow cooking: I imagine that, like many other regional family recipes I've had here in New Orleans ("Mock Oyster Dip" being a good example) it is probably made with store-bought processed foods like Bunny Bread or Velveeta. But these things are so good, every time my friend brings them to a party, we cannot stop eating them. And, of course, it's her family's recipe and she won't give it to me! I have looked in all my old-school Louisiana cookbooks with no results. I thought maybe someone out there in Chow-Land might have a family recipe they would share. I call them "cheese puffs" because I don't know what else to call them. They are made by making a yummy spread out of cheddar cheese (or maybe some processed cheddar cheese imitation) plus a bunch of spices (it has a little bit of a kick to it), spreading this on small rounds that you cut out of white bread (my friend's are about the size of a quarter), and then baking the cheese-spread-rounds in the oven until they are crisp. If anyone has any idea what I am talking about and has a recipe, you would be very popular in my household. If no one here can help, I am going to write to Marcelle Bienvenue and Judy Walker in the Times-Pic. Thanks a lot!

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  1. This isn't a recipe but does it sound like what you're talking about:

    I'm sure I've fixed something like this years ago so I'm also sure someone must have a recipe. Mmm.

    1. I think the recipe you're looking for is the one for "cheese straws". However, instead of squeezing out the straws from a pastry bag or a spritz cook press, you would spread it onto the rounds of white bread (cut with a cookie cutter or Atteco cutter) and then bake them on a cookie sheet. You can find the recipe, with photos at the following URL:

      T-D. Trosclair-Gonzalez

      1. I have a recipe that sounds like that (I've seen several over the years) in my Junior League at Home cookbook.

        This particular recipe calls them Cheese Boxes:
        1 cup butter, softened
        1/2 lb. Cheddar, grated
        1 unbeaten egg white
        1 T. milk
        1/2 t. salt
        Tabasco sauce to taste
        1 loaf white bread

        Cream the butter and cheese, and add the egg white, milk, salt, and Tabasco. Chill until spreadable. Preheat the oven to 375. Remove the crust from the bread, and cut each slice into fourths. Spread the tops and sides of each square with the cheese mixture. (They can be frozen at this point, if you want.) Bake for 15 min. or until golden brown.

        Here's another one from The Junior League Celebration Book called Hot Cheese Puffs:
        4 oz. cream cheese
        3/4 t. grated onion
        1/2 cup mayo
        1 T. chopped chives
        1/8 t. cayenne
        2 T. Parmesan cheese
        1/2 small loaf white bread

        Preheat oven to 350. Combine cream cheese, onion, mayo, chives, cayenne, and cheese. Cut the bread into rounds and spread each with cheese mixture. Bake for 15 min.

        They both sound good to me! I've made something similar except you stack the slices to make more of a 1 in. thick stick. The recipe I've made has dill in it and also calls for Kraft Ole English cheese spread.

        1. My family from New Orleans actually makes this recipe! Very easy and very delicious