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Festive Cheese Bites

 Festive Cheese Bites
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!
40 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.

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

Directions

  • 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).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 103 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 159 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 3 g protein.