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Holiday Appetizer: Roquefort and Walnut Canapes

Wow Guests With Roquefort & Walnut Canapés

If you're throwing a holiday party and need some appetizer ideas, rather than putting out the tried-and-true Chex Mix and guacamole, why not try something entirely new? I did, when I brought these blue cheese walnut amuses-bouche to my holiday party this year. The bread, when buttered and toasted, takes on the crispy, airy consistency of a cheese puff, which is a perfect foil for the brandy, mustard, and blue cheese topped with walnuts. While this bite is certainly elegant, it won't stay on your table long. To make these canapés,

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Roquefort and Walnut Canapés

Roquefort and Walnut Canapés

Roquefort and Walnut Canapés

Ingredients

  1. 16 1⁄4"-thick white bread slices, preferably Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Sliced Bread
  2. Unsalted butter, melted
  3. 8 tbsp.softened unsalted butter, plus more to melt and brush on bread
  4. 4 tbsp. softened cream cheese
  5. 2 tbsp. brandy
  6. 1⁄2 tsp. dried mustard powder
  7. 8 oz. crumbled blue cheese, preferably Roquefort
  8. Kosher salt
  9. 32 flat-leaf parsley leaves
  10. 16 walnut halves, cut into quarters

Directions

  1. Using a 2" round cookie cutter, cut out 32 circles from bread slices. Brush both sides of each circle with melted butter and transfer to a baking sheet. Toast bread in a 400˚ oven, turning once, until light golden, about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, beat 8 tbsp. of the softened butter, cream cheese, brandy, and mustard powder in a medium bowl. Stir in blue cheese. Season with kosher salt.
  3. Spread about 1 tbsp. cheese mixture onto each bread circle and garnish with a flat-leaf parsley leaf and a piece of walnut.

Makes 32 canapés.


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nancita nancita 8 years
These were so great! The bread tasted like little croissants.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 8 years
I normally make Gorgonzola and honey canapés but these ones sounds delicious too! I'll have to try them.
Food Food 8 years
Spectra - I bet you could, too! I like to think of this as almost a twist on the traditional sharp cheddar and port wine combination. Maybe that would be more pleasing to your palate instead. :-D
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'd make these if I didn't have such an aversion to blue cheeses...they make me gag. I bet I could make something similar with pecans and a sharp cheddar though.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Can't wait to try these.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love this - it's really cute and a different flavor palate than i'm used to seeing as an app
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
MMMMM....this sounds absolutely delish! :feedme:
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