If you like cheese, if you like turkey, and if you like bacon (and heaven help you if you like all three), here is a quick and easy cheesy appetizer to try out before your next dinner party.
Inside-Out Hot Brown Bites
1-1/2 (5 ounce) finely chopped Parmesan cheese
1-2/3 cups milk
¼ cup butter
3 T all-purpose flour
½ cup (2 ounce) shredded medium Cheddar cheese
1/8 t salt
1/8 t pepper
4 ounces thinly sliced deli turkey cut into 2” squares
4 cooked bacon slices, crumbled
½ cup diced fresh tomato
Garnish: fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with aluminum foil, and lightly coat with cooking spray. Spoon Parmesan cheese by T ½ inch apart onto prepared baking sheets forming 12 (2-1/2 inch) rounds on each sheet.
- Bake 1 sheet at 350 degrees for 7-9 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned and beginning to set. Working quickly, transfer cheese rounds to a lightly greased 24-cup miniature muffin pan pressing gently into each cup to form shells. Repeat procedure with second baking tray.
- Microwave milk for 30 seconds on high or until warm. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium-high heat. Whisk in flour; cook whisking constantly, 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in shredded Cheddar cheese, salt and pepper.
- Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Line each Parmesan shell with 2 turkey pieces and fill each with 1 t cheese sauce. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack and top with crumbled bacon and diced tomato.