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Festive Cheese Bites Recipe

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Over the years, these buttery cheese treats have been a handy standby at our house. I often have some extra batches in the freezer that I can pop in the oven whenever company comes calling. Usually guests are reluctant to take the last one on the tray, but not these!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 40 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 unsliced loaf (1 pound) Italian bread
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) cream cheese, cubed
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 egg whites

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 103 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 159mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

Directions

  1. Cut bread into 1-in. cubes; set aside. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the cheeses and butter. In a bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into cheese mixture. Dip bread cubes into cheese mixture. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: about 10 dozen.
Editor's Note: Unbaked appetizers may be frozen for up to 4 months. Bake as directed (they do not need to be thawed first).
Originally published as Festive Cheese Bites in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p22


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